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Safe and Sound March 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the Safe and Sound Solutions quarterly newsletter.

All of New Zealand is in challenging and unprecedented times as Covid-19 spreads rapidly and uncontrolled across the globe. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well in these trying and uncertain times. We hold onto hope that the early enforcement of the level 4 panademic alert helps to ensure that you and your family remain fit and well and the knock on effects to your business are minimal and recoverable.

Covid 19 Response and Information

From Wednesday 25th March the Safe and Sound office has disbanded and our consultants have stopped all physical visits to clients and have relocated their desks to home. Fortunately, we were reasonably well prepared with each of us having laptops and files shared on Google drive so we can work remotely.

We have developed several resources and assisted a number of clients with policy and preparedness for Covid-19. If you have needs to develop special worker health management plans especially around any staff who are deemed “essential services” then please contact us. (admin@safesound.co.nz)

We have also circulated the tips from Dr Lucy Hone of the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience on “Real Time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus” and contact us for a copy.

ICAM investigation

Safe and Sound Solutions can offer formal ICAM (Incident Cause Analysis Method) investigation reports and Sue (our consultant) was privileged to be asked by Department of Conservation to investigate a recent non injury incident that occurred on the soon to be opened Paparoa Track.

A recent ODT article reported on the track and the incident.


JCL Asphalt Mount Lyford Racetrack Resealing Project

JCL Asphalt recently undertook the resealing of the Rodin Cars high speed test track. Located on a sprawling alpine farm covering some 1400 acres in the foothills of Mount Lyford, two hours’ drive from Christchurch, the track is used for the in house development of single seater racing cars and super cars from design and prototype through to the commercial production stage.

JCL Asphalt had been involved in the original construction of the racetrack, however due to the devastating Kaikoura earthquake, parts of the track were damaged and in need of repair or replacement. Given the nature of the testing work undertaking on site, which involves putting high performance racing cars through their paces at speeds that are common with those in Formula 1 the decision to reseal the track rather than patch was made to ensure the safest possible outcome.

With over 5 kilometres of racetrack to completely reseal, every aspect of this project from the physical sealing works to the cartage of over 5000t of asphalt from Christchurch to Mount Lyford was a mammoth undertaking.

Some of the challenges associated with the project were:

  • Tight project turnaround timeframe from start to finish.
  • Use of a large number of subcontractors to cart asphalt from Christchurch to Mount Lyford on a daily basis (Upwards of 20 full unit loads a day for the duration of the project)
  • The mobilisation of JCL Asphalt plant, equipment and staff from both their Christchurch and Southern Lakes branch.
  • Extremely high vehicle and plant movements on site

As JCL Asphalt is committed to the management or health & safety, quality and the environment Safe & Sound Solutions were commissioned to undertake a thorough audit of the project to provide confidence to management that they were “Walking the Talk”.


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