Wait for dugouts too long

LETTER

I would like to express my disappointment in the Poverty Bay Hockey Association. We have waited nearly a year for the dugouts to be completed, so players on the sideline are kept sheltered from the wind and rain, and more importantly away from spectators.

I am told the dugouts do not meet health and safety regulations because there are “a few sharp edges” and the contractor who did the construction no longer has the business, hence why they have not been completed.

I just don’t understand why it is so difficult to fix. We pay over $400 in hockey fees, so surely they can use some of this money to hire another contractor to complete the construction?

Frustrated hockey player​​

Footnote response from Poverty Bay Hockey Association chairperson Julie Hollamby:

We are currently working to make these dugouts fit for purpose to meet health & safety requirements.

I would like to express my disappointment in the Poverty Bay Hockey Association. We have waited nearly a year for the dugouts to be completed, so players on the sideline are kept sheltered from the wind and rain, and more importantly away from spectators.

I am told the dugouts do not meet health and safety regulations because there are “a few sharp edges” and the contractor who did the construction no longer has the business, hence why they have not been completed.

I just don’t understand why it is so difficult to fix. We pay over $400 in hockey fees, so surely they can use some of this money to hire another contractor to complete the construction?

Frustrated hockey player​​

Footnote response from Poverty Bay Hockey Association chairperson Julie Hollamby:

We are currently working to make these dugouts fit for purpose to meet health & safety requirements.

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John Fricker - 5 days ago
Not so long ago they would have been fit for purpose, a few sharp edges would have bothered nobody. I think this is the kind of world Mr Jones references in his opinion piece today.

Gordon Anderson, Napier - 4 days ago
Is this just another case of health and safety being used as a life buoy, a crutch to hang a public complaint on? Folks, let's clarify the situation - health and safety legislation is not intended for this. The legislation is called Health and Safety at Work - its focus and intention are towards the workplace, it's about accountability of the employer for the safety of their employees so they can go home to their families at the end of the day free of harm or injury or worse.

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