Turfrey named safest work­place

Hastings Leader - - News -

A Hastings-based con­struc­tion com­pany has nailed it af­ter be­ing named the na­tion’s safest place to work.

Karamu Rd-head­quar­tered com­pany Turfrey was an­nounced New Zealand’s Safest Place to Work for 2018 at the in­au­gu­ral Safest Place to Work Awards.

Turfrey won the large enterprise award against strong con­tenders in­clud­ing TVNZ, Hous­ing New Zealand and Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy, and then won the supreme award af­ter a strong chal­lenge from other supreme award fi­nal­ists White Is­land Tours Ltd and Co-op Money NZ.

The awards, a new ini­tia­tive from lead­ing cloud-based health and safety soft­ware provider Safe365, were backed by Trade Me Jobs, Ad­viceFirst, Health and Safety As­so­ci­a­tion NZ and the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Safety Man­age­ment.

The awards con­sid­ered data from more than 1200 or­gan­i­sa­tions and recog­nised those who demon­strate all-round high lev­els of risk man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­ity, lead­er­ship, em­ployee en­gage­ment and a ma­ture cul­ture in mak­ing sure peo­ple are healthy, safe and well at work ev­ery day.

Turfrey manag­ing di­rec­tor Brad Turfrey says the recog­ni­tion was much ap­pre­ci­ated af­ter a sus­tained pe­riod of fo­cus on this crit­i­cal as­pect of the busi­ness, which spe­cialised in plumb­ing, gas­fit­ting, roof­ing and drainage.

“We worked out a long time ago that con­struc­tion and roof­ing work can be ex­tremely risky work at times. We see our work­ers as our fam­ily. We care about them in that way. Ev­ery day we go about our work with a fo­cus that our peo­ple go home safely to their other fam­ily ev­ery day.”

Brad says the com­pany em­ployed more than 170 full­time em­ploy­ees across the North Is­land.

“Health and safety is a jour­ney, and we made a com­mit­ment to bring it right into our cul­ture and the way we op­er­ate. We work in one New Zealand’s high­est risk sec­tors and tak­ing our em­ploy­ees’ safety se­ri­ously is a key Turfrey value.”

The com­pany had also taken on board re­cent changes to Health and Safety leg­is­la­tion.

“We saw the law changes as a pos­i­tive way to in­crease safety and an op­por­tu­nity to em­brace it and lead the way in our in­dus­try. We con­tinue to in­vest heav­ily in sys­tems, process, train­ing, cul­ture and be­hav­iours. This also en­sures we can of­fer our clients value and keep our peo­ple safe on their sites and be a pre­ferred con­trac­tor.

“The in­dus­try and com­mu­nity are fi­nally start­ing to recog­nise health, safety and well­be­ing as a key at­tribute when se­lect­ing part­ner­ships.”

Brad said you could not put a price on safety in busi­ness.

“We use a com­mon­sense ap­proach and in­vest in what we see value in to keep peo­ple safe and do things right.”

PHOTO: PAUL TAY­LOR

Turfrey Con­struc­tion award win­ners are (from left) Ali­son Dono­van, Rich Hutchin­son, Ash Zachan, Thomas Turfrey and Brad Turfrey.

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