Cel­e­brat­ing health & safety

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Peter Mayow was pre­sented with a spe­cial tro­phy cel­e­brat­ing his life­long con­tri­bu­tion to health and safety at this year’s Site Safe Con­struc­tion Health and Safety Awards in Auck­land early last month. Three hun­dred other guests joined Mayow – Site Safe’s new­est Life Mem­ber and for­mer chair­man – at the event, which cel­e­brates busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who are con­sid­ered to be lead­ing the way in health and safety.

Mach3 Engi­neer­ing was awarded the Kens­ing­ton Swan Safety Lead­er­ship Award for owner Anna Chap­man’s ded­i­ca­tion tog em­bed­ding health and safety into the busi­ness.

The judges said they were im­pressed by Chap­man’s pos­i­tive, hands-on ap­proach, which has made health and safety cen­tral to Mach3’s ap­proach.

Via its en­gag­ing prac­tices, Mach3 has brought about a change in cul­ture and has em­braced health and safety in a prac­ti­cal and pos­i­tive way as well as go­ing the ex­tra mile to share its learn­ings with other com­pa­nies and chal­leng­ing it­self to con­tin­u­ously im­prove.

Aaron Billing took out the WorkSafe Safety Con­tri­bu­tion Award for lead­ing and in­spir­ing a dra­matic cul­ture change at Up­right Scaf­fold­ing, with the judges not­ing it “was great to see in­di­vid­u­als like Aaron step­ping up and speak­ing up.” They said Billing’s courage, en­thu­si­asm and drive helped to in­spire a dra­matic cul­ture change, where health and safety al­ways comes first. Billing chal­lenged staff and man­age­ment to change the way they op­er­ated the com­pany and to be­come the “All Blacks Stan­dard” of the scaf­fold­ing in­dus­try. As a re­sult, the com­pany has changed its mind­set from be­ing scaf­fold­ers to be­ing a team that is there to look out for each other.

De­sign­er­scope scooped the Unitec Safety In­no­va­tion Award for small to medium or­gan­i­sa­tions for its cab­i­net lev­el­ling sys­tem. The Auck­land-based busi­ness cre­ated a trade­marked sys­tem which elim­i­nates the need for cab­i­netry in­stall­ers to lie down, sprawled across hard floors with no ex­ter­nal vis­i­bil­ity, to level cab­i­nets. In­stead they can sit com­fort­ably and up­right, with full vis­i­bil­ity of their sur­round­ings while they work.

Judges said they were im­pressed by how de­cep­tively sim­ple this in­no­va­tive idea was – mak­ing the task eas­ier, safer and faster and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the risk of in­jury.

De­sign­er­scope’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Robyn de Bruin-Judge said the idea sim­ply sprang from a “no, there must be a bet­ter way of do­ing the job” mo­ment.

PK Steel re­ceived a Judge’s Spe­cial Men­tion in this cat­e­gory for their hy­draulic lif ting de­vice de­vel­oped to safely in­stall large steel loads at height.

Ful­ton Ho­gan HEB Joint Ven­ture won the Ver­ti­cal Hori­zonz Safety In­no­va­tion Award for large or­gan­i­sa­tions with its in­no­va­tive pipe lif ting beam and truck deck fall re­straint sys­tem.

The judges said the clever idea was a sim­ple and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion that chal­lenged stan­dard prac­tice and had al­ready pro­duced sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits, help­ing to elim­i­nate risks and im­prove health and safety out­comes.

The sys­tem, de­vel­oped for the Waikato Ex­press­way project, elim­i­nates the need for Hiab driv­ers to work at heights while un­load­ing large pipes from their trucks. It also in­cludes a new truck deck fall re­straint sys­tem for pre­vent­ing falls while load­ing or un­load­ing smaller pipes.

Project Man­ager Tony Adams said one of the big­gest risks they faced on the project was work­ers us­ing lad­ders on truck decks.

“It was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen. We made some sim­ple im­prove­ments and in­vented this prac­ti­cal ap­proach to what has his­tor­i­cally been com­mon risk.”

This year Site Safe had a record of more than 240 grad­u­ates, many of whom at­tended the of­fi­cial grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Alexan­dra Park. By par­tic­i­pat­ing in a range of Site Safe cour­ses, stu­dents earn NZQA cred­its to­wards the Cer­tifi­cate in Con­struc­tion Site Safety qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which leads to life­long learn­ing and the de­vel­op­ment of lead­er­ship skills in health and safety.

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