Recently, my colleague Aidan and I were fortunate enough to attend the annual Crane Association of New Zealand (CANZ) conference in sunny Nelson. Having only joined the Association last year, it was our first experience of the CANZ conference, so we were “the new kids on the block” as Robyn, the conference secretary called us. The conference has has been running for 42 years, and what a well oiled machine it is. We were greeted by the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, Rod Auton, on arrival and made to feel very welcome.
The programme ran very smoothly with engaging speakers from the industry, WorkSafe and Health and Safety practitioners, with the theme of the conference being Highest Standards – Safety First. Talks on the Health and Safety at Work Act and Risk Analysis confirmed a lot of our own thinking on the subject with our work in assisting clients with mobile machinery safety. The speakers from industry gave us more insight into the challenges that people in the crane and heavy lift industry face as well as the success achieved along the way, from a Health and Safety point of view.
In talking to some of the other delegates it was great to see the passion and enthusiasm for their industry, especially the members of the Association Council. BVT have worked with many members of the Association in providing certification and design review services, so it was only natural for us to join as an Associate Member. It was great to be able to talk to people we work with, outside of work, and get to know them a bit better.
It was also great to learn about the interesting projects going on around the country, from the construction of new oil refinery at Marsden Point to a crawler crane that’s been permanently deployed to keep the Rangitata River flowing to the first annual truck-mounted crane competition held in Christchurch this year. All in all, the conference was an eye opener to a couple of young engineers and we will definitely be back. If you would like to know more about CANZ, visit their website at www.cranes.org.nz. If you are in the crane or heavy lift industry and you would like to know more about what BVT can do for you don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Photos by Tim Skinner of Tim Skinner Photography in Nelson