Parts of the Kensington Army Hall in Bridgman St have been
cordoned off following a building assessment.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) recently undertook a
seismic assessment of its estate nationwide, and identified
the Kensington hall in Dunedin as a potential earthquake
Precautionary measures included cordoning off the section of
the building identified as a hazard, an NZDF spokeswoman
''Our main priority is the health and safety of our people
and also our local community members,'' she said.
The facility was able to fulfil most of its operational
functions and staff did not have to relocate.
The Kensington Army Hall was primarily used by territorial
''Our key goal that we have now actioned is to reduce the
risk attached to the use of the building until a clear course
of action has been formulated,'' the spokeswoman said.
Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman yesterday welcomed the
release of an external review of health and safety within the
NZDF. Dr Coleman asked the NZDF to commission the review, to
address questions about the culture of health and safety.
''Avoidable deaths are not acceptable,'' he said.
The review found the NZDF had comparable injury rates with
the Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Police, Corrections
and the Fire Service, and was safer than other New Zealand
It concluded the majority of injuries within the NZDF
occurred during physical training.
''The review acknowledges the steps the NZDF is taking to
improve health and safety, and that the NZDF leadership is
committed to delivering more effective health and safety
management,'' Dr Coleman said.
''Further work is required to ensure high standards are
applied across the NZDF. The panel made a number of
recommendations which have been accepted by the NZDF and will
be incorporated into the ongoing work on health and safety.''