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Ensuring contractors are successful so you can be too

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Ensuring contractors are successful so you can be too

Film: Duration in minutes

3 mins 54 seconds minutes


This video tells the story of Transpower, which runs New Zealand's high voltage electricity network, which in 2014 identified safety and performance issues with the way its $35 million a year tower painting programme was being delivered. Some of its tower painting contractors struggled to achieve good performance. Previous attempts to improve things had focused on Transpower imposing solutions, like specific PPE.  Eventually Transpower realised that the commercial terms its contractors worked under were undermining safety and performance. This video tells the story of how Transpower worked with its contractors to improve both the business and health and safety performance of its tower painters.

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This video is targeted at Chief Executive Officers and it encourages them to take a different approach to working with contractors. It aims to make them realise that safety issues could be caused by the way they, themselves, have set up the work and the contracts. It shows them that sometimes the way to solve health and safety problems is actually to work with contractors to resolve business problems.


This video was produced by the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum. The Forum is a coalition of business and government leaders committed to improving the performance of workplace health and safety in New Zealand. Its vision is all business leaders passionately committed to achieving Zero Harm Workplaces. The Forum's focus is to make workplaces safer by growing world-class CEO safety leadership in New Zealand, and by leveraging the combined skill, influence and resources of members. The Forum was launched in 2010 and now has more than 350 members who are CEOs, Managing Directors of Country Heads of large New Zealand businesses or businesses operating in high risk industries.

Target Group

Chief Executives



Contact details Editor / Production company

Forest Industry Safety Council
68a Mana Esplanade, nz-5026 Porirua
+64274440088 - +64274440088