Preeminent health and safety app expects growth in export revenues
Today Forsite, a Kiwi-born smartphone-based health and safety solution designed to reduce injuries and deaths in the construction and property industries globally, announced it has received Callaghan Innovation funding.
The research and development grant is for an initial three-year term and is capped at $15 million. The funds will go towards enhancing the Forsite solution and potentially creating new Forsite products.
Co-founder and CEO of Forsite, Simon Yock, says he and the Forsite team are beyond thrilled to have been awarded the grant.
“While the grant provides important investment into the development of the Forsite solution, the most exciting thing for me is that I have no doubt it will help to reduce the number of injuries and possible deaths which occur in our workplaces every year – this is the very reason we developed Forsite in the first place,” says Yock.
“The grant is also a humbling endorsement, by New Zealand’s lead technology and innovation agency, of our team’s incredibly-hard work to date and strongly supports and enables our future growth.
“Forsite is currently being used by customers in New Zealand, ANZ in Australia and has appointed a reseller in the United Kingdom and we expect our revenues from exports to growth over the next three years,” he says.
Since 2011, 321 people have lost their lives in workplace accidents in New Zealand. While in 2015 alone, 230,200 claims were made to ACC for a work-related injury – with 31,000 of these for entitlement (I.e. more serious) claims.
Workplace injuries and deaths cost New Zealand $3.5billion per year. A death costs a business at least $1,000,000 – most New Zealand businesses (the 95% that are less than 10 staff) do not survive such a tragedy.
“Looking at the stats you can see what reducing injuries and deaths in NZ workplaces alone, could do for organisations and our GDP,” says Yock.
Forsite was conceived in 2015 between Yock and Property Managers Group (PMG), one of New Zealand’s most preferred and trusted private property and fund managers, which was looking for a solution for its own portfolio of properties to protect its people, tenants and investors from injury as well as prosecution under new health and safety legislation.
It is now the only health and safety solution in the country and, as it is understood, in the world of its kind to provide real-time health and safety tracking, recording and monitoring.
Forsite is a revolutionary, digital health and safety tracking, recording and time management solution which minimises the many risks of contractors working on sites, in immediate and real time. The smartphone-based application helps property and facilities’ managers achieve a high level of compliance under the health and safety legislation.
It also provides much greater operational efficiencies including less time spent by contractors checking in and out of sites, less time inducting new contractors on sites and less time reporting health and safety to meet new compliance requirements. It also has wider possible applications to other industries such as transportation and agriculture.
A partnership between Simon Yock and Property Managers Group (PMG), the shareholders of Forsite have over 100 years of combined property experience with specific experience in health and safety. www.forsitenz.com
 NOHSAC Technical Report– “The Economic and Social Costs of Occupational Disease and Health”. By, Lynne Pezzull and Anthony Crook (2004 – 05)