Hazard man gets recognition
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.