PSA "pleased" NIWA taking staff safety seriously in wake of 7.8 quake


Staff at NIWA’s Greta Point campus can turn up to work on Thursday satisfied that their buildings are safe, the PSA says.

The PSA had raised concerns that more than a week after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, buildings at Greta Point had been inspected only by a NIWA manager, not a structural engineer.
Staff had returned to work on Tuesday in buildings that had previously been identified as a potential earthquake risk.
NIWA’s chief executive John Morgan has now informed staff that a structural engineer has inspected the site and there has been no significant impact on the buildings.
"We’re pleased at the outcome for NIWA staff," PSA Assistant National Secretary Jeff Osborne says.
"All Kiwi workers need to feel safe and secure at work, and the engineer’s report will give our members at NIWA certainty that their buildings have not suffered damage in the quakes.
"Although we had raised the issue with NIWA’s management last week, we are pleased they eventually listened to our concerns and sped up the assessment.
"This has been a difficult and stressful time for many of our members across the public service, so we are glad to be able to resolve this issue."