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re­tailer, King Coun­try En­ergy (KCE), has won best health and safety ini­tia­tive in the small busi­ness cat­e­gory at the Safe­guard New Zealand Work­place Health and Safety Awards. The ini­tia­tive cen­tred on keep­ing the com­pany’s team of me­ter read­ers safe us­ing a de­tailed, four-pronged safety ap­proach.

CEO Rob Foster said that to be an­nounced as win­ner is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment for the team. “We have five full time and five part-time me­ter read­ers who travel over 250,000km per year to 16,000 res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, and farm­ing lo­ca­tions. Our me­ter read­ers face risks ev­ery day while out on the job.

“We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure we do ev­ery­thing within our power to min­imise these risks.”

KCE’s win­ning ini­tia­tive in­volved iden­ti­fy­ing risks, de­vel­op­ing a Haz­ard Risk Reg­is­ter spe­cific to its me­ter read­ers and mak­ing changes to how new me­ter read­ers are in­ducted at KCE.

The cat­e­gory was open to any small busi­ness in New Zealand un­der­tak­ing an ini­tia­tive that shows how they have over­come health and safety chal­lenges within the con­text of hav­ing fewer re­sources than larger or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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