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New scheme for construction workers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/04/2016

A scheme to verify the competency of construction workers is starting.

The Construction Safety Council is launching the first tier of its ConstructSafe scheme on Monday, which can be used to independently check the competency of any worker, trade specialist, supervisor, or manager on site, regardless of their employer.

It seeks to provide reassurance that people working on site are competent and safe.

The scheme is based on similar programmes offshore but is a first for New Zealand.

Workers who pass a test at an accredited ConstructSafe test centre get a ConstructSafe card, which proves they have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out work safely.

Anyone can then check a ConstructSafe card for free using a mobile device, providing instant verification of competency, the council says.

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