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Intergroup has provided industrial cleaning services to Pacific Steel‘s site in Otahuhu for over seven years. The services provided by Intergroup include road sweeping, suction and vacuum loading and high-pressure water blasting services.
In addition to the work at the Otahuhu site, Intergroup also undertakes industrial cleaning services at the Pacific Wire, Cyclone (fencing) and Sims (recycling) sites.

Maintenance and emergency work

Intergroup undertakes the regular cleaning of stormwater, wastewater and sewerage systems, and oil traps at the Otahuhu site. It also carries out ad-hoc and 24/7 emergency spill response work. Intergroup’s rapid response to spills, both during the day and at night, has avoided any environmental impacts on numerous occasions.

Environmental and health and safety standards

The manufacturing processes at the Otahuhu site create large quantities of fine dust, which Intergroup controls in order to meet exacting environmental standards.

Intergroup meets stringent health and safety requirements through adherence to Pacific Steel’s requirements as well as its own health and safety procedures. No major incidents have occurred at the Otahuhu site involving Intergroup personnel during the term of the contract.

We have been impressed with the expertise of [Intergroup’s] multi- skilled operators in delivering [industrial cleaning] services, and their willingness to go the extra mile when required. The reliability and consistency of effort is to be commended, for example when regular staff members are away the replacements Intergroup provides always come fully prepared and hit the ground running.

Alan Redfearn, Facilities Manager, Pacific Steel

Innovative response

Intergroup has worked proactively to introduce innovative service improvements at the Otahuhu site that reduce Pacific Steel’s environmental impacts and costs. For example, Intergroup designed and implemented a new dust collection solution that eliminates dust escaping from the ‘bag house’ and also introduced vibrating receiving containers, which compact waste material.

High standard of service

The dusty nature of Pacific Steel’s operation, combined with its stringent health, safety and environmental regimes mean that Pacific Steel needs a highly capable industrial cleaning contractor. Intergroup’s high standard of service has helped ensure that Pacific Steel meets all its requirements and obligations.

Pacific Steel is New Zealand’s largest metal recycler. Every year with its joint venture partner, Sims Pacific Metals, Pacific Steel converts around 300,000 tonnes of scrap metal, including old car bodies, into quality steel product. Pacific Steel is New Zealand’s only manufacturer of wire rod, reinforcing bar and coil products.