Allied Concrete leads the way at the 2017 NZ Concrete Industry Conference 

Key representatives of Concrete Industry recently gathered in Wellington for the 2017 New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference and Awards ceremony. 

The conference format relates to those within the building and construction industries and includes presentations on topics across a wide range of fields including structural, architectural, materials and infrastructural engineering.

As well every year at the conference presentations recognising industry achievement are made at the formal awards dinner.

Allied Concrete is proud to of been awarded the 2017 New Zealand Ready Mixed Concrete Association Plant Audit Scheme Supreme Award.

Every year the NZRMCA Plant Audit Scheme is responsible for auditing over 180 concrete plants throughout New Zealand across 36 different concrete producers. Plants are audited to ensure they comply with all requirements of New Zealand standards. The schemes independence and thoroughness   provides a high level of confidence to the construction industry that an audited concrete producer has an exceptional level of quality control.

Plants that comply with all audit requirements over two audits (two consecutive years) are awarded with a NZRMCA Plant Audit Scheme Excellence Award. Allied Concrete is proud to of been awarded 22 awards at this year’s conference, accounting for nearly 40% of all excellence awards handed out.

The plant that achieves the highest audit score out of all 181 audited plants receives the Supreme Plant Award.

Allied Concrete National Training Manager, Brian Godfrey, was a speaker at this year’s conference, presenting on outcomes from the NZRMCA health and safety forum of which Brian is the chairperson. Brian shared findings to conference attendees from a recent Health and Safety research project Allied Concrete conducted. The project lead by Kyle Earnshaw, Allied Concrete Health and Safety Advisor, had focused on improving the safety of staff when undertaking the internal cleaning of their concrete bowl. Brian presented all the research data collected relating to the noise and dust generated when undertaking the cleaning process. Risk assessment and mitigation controls recommended as a result of the research were included in the presentation, as well as the rationale behind the conclusions.

Allied Concrete collaborated with WorkSafe New Zealand by providing regular updates as well as advice and input on the processes with the goal of improving work practices surrounding the manual task of removing the hardened buildup of concrete in truck bowls.

These research findings along with industry collaboration have led to the creation of a Bowl Cleaning Guidance Document, available to all members of the NZ Ready Mixed Concrete Industry.

This research work and the sharing of information is a great testament of how Allied Concrete lead the way in ensuring safe working conditions and practices for all New Zealand ready mixed concrete producers.