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Site Safe increases Dunedin base, opening new premises

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Fuseworks Media

Construction health and safety organisation Site Safe officially opens its new Dunedin premises on December 5.

The new training building at 21 Cumberland St replaces the former training premises on Bridgman St and will be the base for Site Safe's health and safety courses in the city.

Dave McBeth, Site’s Safe Southern Regional Manager, says the organisation needed to increase its training facilities due to rising demand for its courses.

"This reflects the interest from organisations wanting to keep their staff qualified in a number of areas. This goes all the way from basic construction site safety training courses through to developing health and safety leaders that can look after their teams and build safety cultures through their organisations."

Dunedin and Oamaru Site Safe trainer Dave Furzeman has been with Site Safe for four years but has been working on the health and safety side of things for nearly two decades.

He says the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, which came in after the deaths at Pike River, puts a lot more responsibility on safety on all levels of people of right through organisations and that has sparked a lot of interest in making sure every worker is trained in health and safety.

"We think the new training rooms will be a great facility for training in Dunedin and it’ll help getting our message out there that we should all be proud to be safe."

The building will be officially opened by the Site Safe Board Chair, Peter Jackson of Southland, at 4.30pm.

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