As Geotechnical and Environmental Engineers, we spend a lot of time ‘breaking new ground’.

As part of the site investigation work we do for our clients, our teams are often faced with hard ground conditions where no excavator access is available or possible.

We believe that the task at hand should never compromise the safety and wellbeing of our people or our clients.

After a strained shoulder injury in 2020 the Coffey NZ Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental teams came together, committed to finding a better way to break hard ground”, says Zoe Crook, HSEQ Advisor Coffey New Zealand.

After a strained shoulder injury in 2020 the Coffey NZ Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental teams came together, committed to finding a better way to break hard ground”, says Zoë Crook, HSEQ Advisor Coffey New Zealand.

A workgroup was set up and tasked with researching the options on new handheld mechanical tools, and they came up with a solution.  With no need for a generator or power cables and very low on vibration and noise, this week our team used it for the first time with great success and it will be available for use across New Zealand.

 Critically the new work methodology was created by our frontline workers who do the work, assisted by an HSEQ professional. This is a very empowering approach, ensuring that the people doing the work get to be fully involved in developing work methodologies.

We share this safety message to colleagues across our New Zealand Engineering & Construction community.

Let’s all stay safe, healthy and well in 2021.