Report: Improving health and safety outcomes for the construction sector through better design practice

We recently teamed up with Tonkin+Taylor and the Construction Sector Accord to jointly commission a research report on Health and Safety by Design and officially launched this report last night.

The report, titled “Improving health and safety outcomes for the construction sector through better design practice” explores and questions Health and Safety by Design principles and identifies opportunities to modify real-world design practices to give better effect and outcomes.

This is just the beginning, there is plenty of work, feedback and discussion required in order to move forward.


The report was prepared by:
Anna Galvin – Anna Galvin Consulting Ltd
Dr Richard Donnelly – Richard Donnelly Ltd

This study was funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) under the Construction Sector Accord and was completed between November 2021 and July 2022. The project was overseen by a Steering Group comprised the following members:

// Doug Johnson, CHASNZ Trustee/Accord Steering Group/Tonkin & Taylor (Chair)

// Jon Harper-Slade, GM H&S Innovation, CHASNZ

// Russell McMullan, GM Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link Ltd

// Dr Dave Moore, Manager Health and Safety by Design, WorkSafe NZ

// Dr Charlene Mathern, Principal Advisor Health and Safety By Design, WorkSafe NZ

// Marcus Hogan, Professional Practice Director, Te Kāhui Whaihanga/NZIA

// Richard Stone, Senior Construction Procurement Leader, The Accord

We really value all the participants who contributed to this research study and we are grateful for your willingness to share your experiences in the interviews.
Thank you very much for your time and effort that made this research study possible. Finding participants and developing a view of the construction sector was not straightforward. We appreciated the support of Graham Burke from the New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC), Malcolm Fleming from the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB), Bruce Kenning from the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ), and Marilyn Moffatt from the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS).

This project was enabled by funding from the Construction Sector Accord and Tonkin+Taylor.

Thank you to Russell McMullan and Dr Charlene Mathern for their detailed reviews and feedback on earlier drafts of this report.

A special thanks from CHASNZ

Thank you to Esther Chua from Thinkspace for all of your work designing this report, and providing expert advice along the way.

Thanks to Spid Pye for capturing the work of the construction industry. We appreciate your efforts and artistic eye.