Haz­ard man gets recog­ni­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

Its not the sort of thing you look for on a day-to-day ba­sis but for one Mata­mata man look­ing for danger is what he does.

Sig­nif­i­cant changes to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 have meant changes for most peo­ple in the work­place and thats where Grant Holmes steps in.

Holmes is no su­per hero in that he doesn’t wear a cape and is whip­ping in and out of phone booths.

But he has been in­stru­men­tal in keep­ing both coun­cil staff and con­trac­tors safe from harm.

Holmes over the past 12 months has been a bit of a hero when it came to train­ing and guid­ing con­trac­tors pre­par­ing safety man­age­ment plans, as­sist­ing them through the plan­ning of their jobs and en­sur­ing haz­ards and con­trols are iden­ti­fied.

His con­tri­bu­tion in this area was recog­nised by the Mata­mataPi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil at its re­cent meet­ing with a cer­tifi­cate pre­sented to him by mayor Jan Barnes.

He was also recog­nised for work­ing closely with the Health and Safety Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Kate Stevens to en­sure she is aware of all work be­ing un­der­taken, and en­abling au­dit­ing of con­trac­tors to oc­cur.

Health and Safety Man­ager Sandy Barnes said Holmes will­ing­ness to share knowl­edge has made an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­cil’s safety sys­tems.

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