Firms put safety first

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Work­ing in Porirua is great for em­ploy­ees’ health and safety judg­ing by the lo­cal com­pa­nies that have been named fi­nal­ists in the Welling­ton Gold Awards for in­dus­try ex­cel­lence.

Porirua’s Branz and Sealed Air are fi­nal­ists in the ACC Work­place Safety award cat­e­gory.

Deputy mayor ‘Ana Cof­fey said it was great to see two Porirua com­pa­nies be­ing recog­nised for ex­cel­lence in work­place health and safety.

‘‘This is an area of in­creas­ing im­por­tance for our busi­ness com­mu­nity as new leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect work­ers’ safety goes through Par­lia­ment and I’m re­ally pleased to see two Porirua com­pa­nies lead­ing the way,’’ she said.

Branz is an in­de­pen­dent and im­par­tial re­search, testing, con­sult­ing and in­for­ma­tion com­pany pro­vid­ing ser­vices and re­sources for the build­ing in­dus­try.

The com­pany, based in Judge­ford, last year ini­ti­ated a re­view of its own health and safety prac­tices and im­ple­mented changes to en­sure they were ro­bust.

Sealed Air, based in Els­don, man­u­fac­tures food films and has re­duced its in­jury rate to zero af­ter de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing some ro­bust sys­tems.

An­other fi­nal­ist with links to Porirua is the New Zealand Film and Tele­vi­sion School, which is owned by Whi­tireia New Zealand, based in Porirua.

The school was named a fi­nal­ist in the Film, Me­dia and Cre­ative Con­tent cat­e­gory

Win­ners will be an­nounced in July.

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