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New workplace health and training centre opened in New Zealand

A new workplace health and training centre has opened in Hamilton New Zealand, the first dedicated location in the region.

Vertical Horizonz provided training in the Waikato area since its beginning in 1998, with its services also provided throughout New Zealand, the Middle East, and Australia.

The centre features a large training area, two classrooms, and confined space units to train a wide range of skills including pole and rope rescue, first aid, gas testing, and construction health and safety.

Training Quality general manager Phil Hokianga said the company sought to develop a purpose built training facility in 2018 to further demonstrate what they can do, in a report by Stuff.

“This is just a temporary measure for us. We want to provide training as realistic as we can have it to the environment people will be working in,” he said.

Hokianga went on to say that business had increased following changes to New Zealand’s Health and Safety Work Act. The legislation, enforced in April 2015, which heightened responsibility of all levels – from contractors to directors – to enhance the health and safety of their workplace.

More than 17,000 people were trained last year in categories ranging from industrial safety, transport and crane, first aid, professional development, and rural operations.

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