ACC selects SaferMe & Civil Contractors NZ to progress safety innovation

10 August 2021 · Mike Steere

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ACC has chosen an innovation project between SaferMe and Civil Contractors NZ as a major grant recipient in the Workplace Injury Prevention Innovation scheme. The two year project begins in August.

Leading workplace safety software provider SaferMe announced today that ACC will co-fund its project to improve safety in the civil construction industry in New Zealand. The project is in collaboration with leading industry body Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ).

The civil construction industry faces a high rate of workplace injury compared to other industries, and the issue of sprains and strains in civil companies has caused large cost increases for ACC in recent years. The project aims to tackle this by developing and implementing an algorithm that collects data and uses it to measure the level of risk to individual workers.

CEO & Founder of SaferMe Clint van Marrewijk explains that this is a new approach:

“We are on a mission to create safer workplaces and that includes reducing injuries that impact people’s lives. This project is a great fit as we want to help organizations, and workers themselves, to understand when they are working at unacceptable levels of risk for injury.

“To do this there are a range of factors to consider, and we’re the first safety software provider to take a holistic approach to evaluating individual worker safety.”

Civil Contractors NZ Chief Executive Peter Silcock says sprains & strains are an important issue for civil contractors as they happen frequently and have a “cumulatively significant impact” for businesses.

"CCNZ members regularly introduce new technologies on to their sites so it is exciting to be able to work with SaferMe to look at how we can use technology to resolve what is a thorny and persistent safety issue that can have a big impact on people's ability to work," Silcock adds.


About SaferMe

SaferMe has emerged as a leader in workplace safety and contact tracing solutions for business use. Selected by the New Zealand Government to provide business contact tracing via the MBIE Covid-19 response fund, SaferMe is now operating globally. Founded in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2015; SaferMe has been experiencing strong growth - including among Fortune 500 clients. This demand is partly driven by being highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and winning New Product of the Year in America’s OH&S Magazine Safety Awards.

About Civil Contractors NZ

Civil Contractors New Zealand is an incorporated society that represents the interests and aspirations of over 600 member organisations – including large, medium-sized and small businesses in civil engineering, construction and general contracting.

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