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Crowded house

Awards dinner crowds are always boisterous, but this year’s excelled itself.

MC Nadine Chalmers-Ross had to deploy a dog whistle – courtesy one of the diners – to break the spell of networking. “Find a seat and put your bum on it,” she commanded the 500 enthusiasts, fresh from their pre-dinner drinks. Order restored, the 12th gala dinner of the NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards proceeded.

Winners were variously surprised and delighted as they came up to collect their trophies, and some came prepared with a speech just in case. As always, the best speeches were off the cuff, brief and from the heart. (Note to category sponsors: the same applies.)

Sergai from Prestige grabbed a selfie with the MC as he departed the stage, muscling his colleague Ron – a man of few words, apparently – into the frame. True to form, Ron remained stoically silent.

Quote of the night came from Michael, from New Zealand Playhouse, who suggested the company of actors could launch a new marketing campaign on the back of the award. “Safe and fun – like a ribbed condom.”

Stuart from Regents Park Farm had a nice line in self-deprecation, suggesting to the crowd that his public speaking was usually confined to the rugby clubrooms. He offered his condolences to the other finalists in the small business category, saying it was a close game but that his team had somehow just pipped theirs in the second half.

But the evening belonged to Helen Kelly, who received the lifetime achievement award. The MC had barely mentioned her name before the applause began, leading to an emotional standing ovation as she took the stage to deliver a brief, gracious and pointed speech. She paid particular tribute to the forestry families, who she said had given so much of their time during their grieving to help campaign for a safer industry.

She was warmly acknowledged by most remaining award presenters and winners, including Fletcher Building’s Graham Darlow and the Minister for Employment Relations and Safety, Michael Woodhouse. In fact, each time her name was mentioned there was applause. It really was her night.

Final quote, from most influential employee winner Laurie Collins: “Unfortunately we live in a world with not enough Helen Kellys.”

Awards 2016

KENSINGTON SWAN BEST INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS A SAFETY RISK

THE FINALISTS:

AMCOR FLEXIBLES (NZ), AUCKLAND

  • • 
    Consulted across 4 plants with warehouse staff and safety reps to develop a comprehensive traffic management plan covering the life cycle from materials received to finished products departing.
  • • 
    Includes designated safe areas for truck drivers to ensure no interaction between truck and driver during loading and unloading.
  • • 
    Near misses have reduced, and visiting inspectors were so impressed they used it as an example in a fact sheet for industry.

FARRA ENGINEERING, DUNEDIN

  • • 
    Traditional hoarding over lift shafts under construction or maintenance poses multiple risks to lift technicians, who can only exit easily at top or bottom floors.
  • • 
    Research abroad failed to identify good solutions so the company designed modular lift shaft coverings suitable for new or existing shafts and easily installed by two people.
  • • 
    Allows natural light and ventilation, prevents objects dropping, and allows workers in the shaft to swiftly exit the danger zone in an emergency.

FULTON HOGAN, CHRISTCHURCH

  • • 
    In a period of 5 years 900 company drivers were involved in vehicle incidents ranging from minor to serious.
  • • 
    The need to upskill drivers saw defensive driving, on-road assessment and simulators trialled across multiple driving conditions.
  • • 
    The company opted to develop driver simulator technology and mounted it on trailers so the simulators can travel to where the drivers are.

THE WINNER: FULTON HOGAN

  • • 
    The judges applaud the company’s commitment to addressing one of its key serious injury and fatality risks, and in listening to staff feedback that simulators were the most effective training option.
  • • 
    The simulator includes 41 driving modules and covers driving at night, in wind and snow, encountering unexpected obstructions, and the effects of mobile phone distraction.
  • • 
    In the first five months of the programme there was a 15 percent drop in crashes.

VITAE BEST INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

THE FINALISTS:

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

  • • 
    The project aims to reduce alcohol and drug intake among Canterbury construction workers and thereby also reduce risk of workplace injuries.
  • • 
    Workshops and toolbox talks reached 300+ workers and a breakfast reached 200 small employers with a suite of information and resources.
  • • 
    Evaluations showed a marked drop on intention to drink or consume drugs and a rise in intention to intervene if people under the influence are at work, prompting the project to extend itself beyond the construction sector.

CANTERBURY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD

  • • 
    Recognised a range of psychosocial risks facing staff grappling with the work-home interface and adopted a risk management framework to manage them.
  • • 
    Employed two earthquake support coordinators and ran on-site legal and financial advice clinics which have been heavily used.
  • • 
    Developed a programme of more than 30 user-pays classes (yoga, pilates, Zumba) on main hospital sites with health screening surveys.

FONTERRA

  • • 
    On major construction projects the standard of facilities provided by subcontractors for their employees was often unhygienic and a source of conflict.
  • • 
    Introduced the Village Concept with a very high standard of centralised facilities for all tradespeople, which improved access to amenities and reduced ghettoisation between trades.
  • • 
    People feel appreciated and are more ready to engage with health & safety and other initiatives.

THE WINNER: FONTERRA

  • • 
    The judges acknowledge the insight that the Village Concept could become a critical part of the safety strategy.
  • • 
    The Village Concept has improved on-site collaboration and has helped to lift standards over sites as a whole.
  • • 
    Other companies are now taking an interest in the concept for their own major construction projects.

WORKSAFE NEW ZEALAND BEST INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS A HEALTH RISK

THE FINALISTS:

FONTERRA

  • • 
    Fatigue reporting by milk tanker drivers was ad-hoc and there was little guidance for drivers and managers to recognise fatigue in themselves and others.
  • • 
    There was no systematic monitoring of driver work hours and the potential for fatigue impairment.
  • • 
    Five layers of defence were introduced, focusing on sleep opportunities and fatigue proofing strategies. Fatigue is now a key factor in incident investigations.

FONTERRA BRANDS NEW ZEALAND, TAKANINI

  • • 
    Procedures for changing a 470kg trim tool were identified as unsafe, posing multiple risks including back strain to the team of fitters who do the task twice a year on two machines.
  • • 
    The trim tool was redesigned to be smaller and weigh only 225kg, allowing greater room for manoeuvre in restricted space between machines.
  • • 
    A transport cradle and a certified hydraulic lifter further reduce manual handling risks during removal, servicing and re-fitting.

GENESIS ENERGY

  • • 
    The cooling towers at the Huntly power station pose a risk of legionella bacteria growth to which employees and contractors could be exposed.
  • • 
    The standard time to complete a legionella growth culture test was ten days, which posed an unacceptable level of risk.
  • • 
    The company identified a potential testing methodology with a 24-hour turnaround and partnered with a laboratory to develop it. The method is now proven and could be used by any industry where legionella exposure is a risk.

THE WINNER: FONTERRA

  • • 
    The judges appreciated the company’s commitment to addressing fatigue, a fatal risk issue which too often flies under the radar.
  • • 
    A fatigue risk assessment tool is linked to other data monitoring and scheduling to enable swift identification of at-risk drivers.
  • • 
    Drivers and team managers are having more robust conversations on fatigue and fatigue reporting is rising.

NZ SAFETY BEST INITIATIVE TO ENCOURAGE ENGAGEMENT IN HEALTH & SAFETY

THE FINALISTS:

FRUCOR BEVERAGES, AUCKLAND

  • • 
    Safety was reactive and compliance-driven with no emotional investment. Lag indicator outcomes were only average.
  • • 
    Many staff attended workshops to discuss values, their connection to safety, and to explore ideas to create a culture of safety. Their ideas were tested for context with other staff.
  • • 
    The resulting “See It, Sort It, Safe As” slogan has created a popular identity for health and safety activities which has been embraced at all levels.

FULTON HOGAN JOHN HOLLAND JOINT VENTURE, AUCKLAND

  • • 
    The 31km Hunua pipeline project requires large excavators to manoeuvre in tight spaces around overhead and underground services and near homes.
  • • 
    Spotters were introduced to help operators but the operators were reluctant to acknowledge the new role and often ignored them. Also, spotters’ instructions were inconsistent.
  • • 
    A Spotters & Operators Forum every six weeks engaged the two groups, built mutual respect, promoted discussion of near misses and how to improve, and resulted in a Spotters Competency Handbook now adopted by Watercare.

HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

  • • 
    Each summer the council employs a student weed control team to control plant pests in “goat country”. Continuity and leadership is a challenge in a risky work environment.
  • • 
    The 2015 group of 8 was formed into a self-managing team and developed its own “Weedership” values and reviewed and challenged safe work procedures.
  • • 
    Each team member had leadership of part of the work, including health and safety, and the results were so good the team was hired by other parts of the council due to its skillset and work ethic.

THE WINNER: FRUCOR BEVERAGES

  • • 
    The judges appreciated the involvement of many staff to create a new way forward for the company’s health and safety programme.
  • • 
    Many staff were filmed in effective videos to help reinforce the See It, Sort It, Safe As message.
  • • 
    Hazard reporting and other lead indicators have jumped and awareness has now spread to contractors engaged to build a new manufacturing line.

SICK BEST USE OF NEW ZEALAND DESIGN/TECHNOLOGY TO ELIMINATE OR ISOLATE A RISK

THE FINALISTS:

FULTON HOGAN, CHRISTCHURCH

  • • 
    A year-long project to build a geo-textile reinforced earth bund posed a risk of falling up to 5 metres, and the slope meant scaffolding wasn’t a safe option.
  • • 
    A custom edge protection system was developed in collaboration with workers which protected against falls and was able to be moved as the bund was built.
  • • 
    The system is installed layer by layer and staff are trained in re-installing and using it.

INVERT ROBOTICS, LINCOLN

  • • 
    Large stainless steel vessels used in dairying need regular crack inspections, which is hazardous work requiring scaffolding or rope access.
  • • 
    Invented a climbing robot using a patented suction system so it can climb up stainless steel walls (which magnets don’t work on) and send high definition video footage back to an operator outside.
  • • 
    Eliminates the need for working at height and confined space entry.

PRESTIGE LTD, HASTINGS

  • • 
    Maintenance of thousands of rental houses required replacing boundary fencing to make properties safer for children, but removal of fence posts was causing strain injuries.
  • • 
    Invented and trialled a post-pulling machine which after three versions was effective and reliable enough to distribute among six branches.
  • • 
    No further strain injuries have occurred and the process is much faster.

THE WINNER: PRESTIGE

  • • 
    The judges appreciated the simplicity and effectiveness of this Post Puller design.
  • • 
    The Post Puller also reduces the time taken to remove a post from 25 minutes to 5 minutes, a huge productivity bonus.
  • • 
    Staff have been so inspired by the Post Puller they have come forward with other ideas to improve safety and productivity in the business.

SITE SAFE BEST HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVE BY A SMALL BUSINESS

THE FINALISTS:

AGL SCAFFOLDING & RIGGING, CHRISTCHURCH

  • • 
    Realised many construction workers did not know what safe scaffolding looks like.
  • • 
    Hosted a scaffolding awareness breakfast for an audience of hundreds in which compliant and a non-compliant scaffolds were set up and people could try to identify issues with the non-compliant one.
  • • 
    The first breakfast was so successful the company was invited by Certified Builders and Registered Master Builders to run another one.

MEN AT WORK, RANGIORA

  • • 
    Followed up driver training for all staff with use of GPS in fleet of 38 vehicles to monitor speed limit infringement with daily feedback, resulting in speed reductions from the whole team.
  • • 
    The “STMS of the month” competition sees management do random visits to traffic sites and has turned into opportunities for management to engage on safety with staff and clients.
  • • 
    Each member of the health & safety committee challenged to have 3 safety conversations a month with other staff, a move which raised safety awareness and engagement across the board.

REGENT PARK FARM, BULLS

  • • 
    Needed a better way of reporting hazards and near misses.
  • • 
    Created their own health & safety management app which everyone uses as a reporting tool.
  • • 
    Hazard reporting has gone up and so has the ability to escalate in response: the feedback loop has been successfully closed.

THE WINNER: REGENTS PARK FARM

  • • 
    The judges were impressed by the commitment of a dairy farm to innovate in the field of health and safety.
  • • 
    The app reflects the farm’s wider awareness of the long hours often required in a seasonal sector such as dairying.
  • • 
    The judges applaud the farm’s efforts to grow a positive staff culture based on careful selection, task variety, community engagement, and helping staff to meet their long-term aspirations.

IMPAC BEST SIGNIFICANT HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVE BY A LARGE ORGANISATION

THE FINALISTS:

FULTON HOGAN, CHRISTCHURCH

  • • 
    Site managers lacked the ability to easily check the competencies of the company’s more than 5000 staff to operate mobile plant, posing a risk that an unqualified person could get behind the controls.
  • • 
    Developed a comprehensive skills framework and assessed 96% of staff against it, including individual tasks and circumstances.
  • • 
    A new SkillsView app allows site managers easy access to the assessment data, allowing safer decisions and making gaps in a team’s skills visible.

NORTHPOWER, WHANGAREI

  • • 
    Identified a gap in the ability of frontline leaders to lead on safety and helped develop a customised set of 7 modules taking 24 hours over several weeks based on adult experiential learning.
  • • 
    Feedback from participants has been outstanding, and incident and near-miss reports have risen by more than 50%.
  • • 
    The course has already changed the conversation around safety and is to be extended to include all staff by 2017.

TRANSDEV AUCKLAND

  • • 
    In 2013 the rate of SPADs – Signals Passed At Danger – was ten times higher than the rate in the UK.
  • • 
    Driver training was redeveloped to include risk-based task analysis and non-technical skills like workload management and decision making.
  • • 
    Other developments included competence management, clearer communications to drivers, fatigue management, and cognitive performance issues.

THE WINNER: TRANSDEV AUCKLAND

  • • 
    The judges were impressed by the multi-pronged efforts taken to reduce SPADS and thus reduce the risk of catastrophic train derailments or collisions.
  • • 
    The SPAD rate has fallen from 6.9 per million km in 2013 to 2.59 in 2015.
  • • 
    This was achieved despite a rise of 38% in services and 16% in total train kilometres travelled.

ACC BEST LEADERSHIP OF AN INDUSTRY SECTOR

THE FINALISTS:

EEA (ELECTRICITY ENGINEERS’ ASSOCIATION), WELLINGTON

  • • 
    In 2008 the electricity supply industry recognised leadership and culture as essential elements, and in 2010 it initiated the Safety Climate Project with 11 companies.
  • • 
    By 2016 it had expanded to cover 28 companies in the sector which use staff surveys and workshops to identify common issues and develop national-level interventions and lead indicators.
  • • 
    The EEA sponsors national forums to discuss results and share learning.

M2PP ALLIANCE, PARAPARAUMU

  • • 
    With hundreds of staff from 7 organisations and multiple contractors across 3 construction zones, safety practices were isolated and collaboration, engagement and learning was low.
  • • 
    Involved many people to define safety excellence and develop 8 drivers and 2 limiters in building it, with visual icons and behavioural descriptors.
  • • 
    Staff use these in regular “scoring events”, enabling rapid feedback on the required fixes and a steer for long-term trends. The overall project score improved from 60 to 70 during 2015 and TRIFR declined from 5.9 to 2.4.

NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY, AUCKLAND

  • • 
    Wanted to embed a risk-based zero-harm approach to make health and safety processes simple and engaging, not just tick-the-box compliance.
  • • 
    Hosted the first Zero Harm Knowledge Forum in 2015 attended by people from key business partners, contractors large and small, consultants, industry bodies and the regulator.
  • • 
    Developed a Zero Harm Roadshow and toured into around 10 centres to share knowledge and tools with smaller roading businesses.

THE WINNER: NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY

  • • 
    The judges applaud the organisation’s stated ambition to take the lead in seeking to improve health and safety performance in the roading sector.
  • • 
    NZTA has developed a suite of minimum standards, guidelines and apps which are freely available to all in the roading industry.
  • • 
    It has also funded scholarships to enable four people in the roading industry to become qualified in health and safety.

NZISM HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

THE FINALISTS:

REBECCA BELL (HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISOR, AIRWAYS, CHRISTCHURCH)

  • • 
    Led development of expanded health & safety rep (HSR) committees and organised and led inaugural HSR conference and developed tailored workshops.
  • • 
    Established a fatigue management group involving senior leaders, HSRs, union reps, and external experts.
  • • 
    Developed intranet information hubs and reporting channels for three different audiences.

RICHARD DUNN (SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT MANAGER WITH CHEP NEW ZEALAND, AUCKLAND)

  • • 
    Introduced a buddy system for new staff after analysing data showing 54% of injuries occurred to staff who had been there for less than 6 months.
  • • 
    Championed networking on safety with customers and best practice leaders, now totalling more than 100 other companies.
  • • 
    Successfully introduced a new “Safety Starts with Me” engagement programme.

MARTIN MCMULLAN (ZERO HARM MANAGER WITH NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY, AUCKLAND)

  • • 
    Moved health & safety away from compliance and towards risk-based expectations supported by innovative tools.
  • • 
    Efforts focused on empowering people at all levels to make a difference in health & safety, under the banner “people before policy”.
  • • 
    Champion of the inaugural Zero Harm Knowledge Forum.

THE WINNER: MARTIN MCMULLAN

  • • 
    The judges were impressed by Martin’s transformational effect, not only within his organisation but on the wider construction sector.
  • • 
    As well as driving the development of the Zero Harm Reporting Tool and the free SafetyApp, he championed four Zero Harm scholarships.
  • • 
    He has also helped the Construction Safety Council to create an innovative competency assessment method.

EDENFX HSE RECRUITMENT MOST INFLUENTIAL EMPLOYEE

THE FINALISTS:

IAN DIXON, LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER WITH KIWIRAIL IN CHRISTCHURCH.

  • • 
    A fire in a locomotive in the Otira Tunnel prompted the discovery that not all of them had fire suppression fitted and that firefighting gear at the nearest station was inadequate.
  • • 
    Ian contacted NZ Transport Agency and WorkSafe to agitate for change, against the wishes of his employer.
  • • 
    He stood his ground and won over his employer, which has now increased safety measures to protect people working in the tunnel from fumes and fire smoke.

LAURIE COLLINS, CARGO HANDLER AND SAFETY REP WITH LYTTELTON PORT COMPANY.

  • • 
    An overtime ban meant maintenance staff could not provide “first responder” cover over weekends.
  • • 
    On the Friday night staff were concerned for their safety without maintenance staff available.
  • • 
    As their safety rep, Laurie invoked the right to refuse unsafe work, and work stopped over the next several weekends until the issue was resolved.

UTA ASOVALE, A MATERIALS PROCESSOR AND TEAM LEADER WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT IN WELLINGTON.

  • • 
    In an operation where 50% of staff are Samoan she identified that language barriers were hindering understanding of health & safety messages.
  • • 
    Uta volunteered to translate and do voiceovers for a new series of e-toolboxes, and also has input into the collaborative process of script development.
  • • 
    Her colleagues have said they now understand why asking questions and reporting incidents is important.

THE WINNER: LAURIE COLLINS

  • • 
    The judges admired Laurie’s courage in standing his ground over several weeks to uphold the right to refuse unsafe work on behalf of his colleagues.
  • • 
    His credibility with both workers and employer was enhanced and has allowed him to advance the cause of health and safety in the wider operation so that issues are resolved in an open and transparent manner.

BUSINESS LEADERS’ HEALTH & SAFETY FORUM EXECUTIVE LEADER OF THE YEAR

THE FINALISTS:

GRAHAM DARLOW, CHIEF EXECUTIVE CONSTRUCTION, FLETCHER BUILDING

  • • 
    Leveraged the company’s role in post-quake Christchurch house repair to lift standards among subcontractors.
  • • 
    Led forums to educate subcontractors on specific H&S issues.
  • • 
    Talked to many individual subcontractors during site safety walks.
  • • 
    Supported broader culture change in the wider company.

JULES FULTON, EXECUTIVE MANAGER – PEOPLE, PROCUREMENT, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE, FULTON HOGAN

  • • 
    Initiated and championed the company’s extensive Zero Harm programme.
  • • 
    Urgently and effectively championed H&S at the executive table.
  • • 
    Facilitated sharing of H&S initiatives across the business.
  • • 
    Regularly presented at H&S conferences and forums.

MIKE O’BRIEN, COUNTRY MANAGER, CHEP NEW ZEALAND

  • • 
    Championed major investments in safety capability.
  • • 
    Enabled senior executives to become fully involved and accountable for H&S.
  • • 
    Shared learning with other businesses.
  • • 
    Supported long-term involvement in the Pacific Island Safety Forum.

THE WINNER: GRAHAM DARLOW

  • • 
    The judges acknowledge Graham’s insight that the Canterbury home rebuild programme was an opportunity to challenge the residential construction sector nationwide to lift its standards.
  • • 
    Despite living in Auckland he chairs the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter and has driven its growth into an effective and collaborative group.
  • • 
    By his presence so often on the ground in Christchurch he demonstrates at all levels his genuine belief that good safety is good business.

COUNTDOWN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

HELEN KELLY in recognition of her tireless commitment to making sure working people are safe at work.

During Helen’s time as president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions she pursued safer workplaces with focused determination. And she still does.

Her approach to health and safety has always come from a position of deep empathy for the real people who live and die with the consequences of being unsafe at work.

Using all the tools at her disposal – from the judicial system right though to Twitter – she has shone daylight into some gloomy caves of poor health and safety practice.

Her work to publicise the alarming number of workplace deaths and serious injuries in the forestry sector deserves special mention and recognition. She identified that something alarming was happening and set out to do something about it. With help from others, she united the industry to accept that change was not only necessary but essential.

She helped to get all parties together – owners, managers, contractors, crews, workers, unions, and the regulator – which was remarkable given how fractured the relationships had been previously.

The explosion at Pike River Mine and its aftermath has been another area of Helen’s focused energy, which has contributed to better health and safety law for all New Zealanders. She has been determined to secure justice for the 29 men killed at Pike and for those left behind.

Farming has been another area of focus for Helen, who has shown us all how effective Twitter can be!

JUDGES’ SPECIAL COMMENDATION AWARDS

NEW ZEALAND PLAYHOUSE, CHRISTCHURCH

This small theatre business puts two groups of three actors in a van, one in New Zealand and the other in Australia, and tours them for an entire academic year. That’s 36 weeks on the road together. Their job? To put on plays to entertain school students.

Sometimes they put on three plays at three different schools on the same day, which is physically and mentally stressful. When they arrive at a school they have to unload and erect the set, sort out the props and costumes, and set up the sound system and music.

Driving long distances, living out of motels, living out of each other’s pockets – it’s a potentially testing environment with multiple health and safety and other issues.

In 2015 the company introduced the The Playhouse Bible, a 48-page compendium of wit and wisdom about surviving life on the road, written by a variety of staff members past and present and based on their hard-won experience.

Each Book of the Bible is written in its author’s own style – for example, The Second Book of Michael.

As an induction manual, The Playhouse Bible keeps the reader hooked to the last page. Staff enjoy reading it and carry it with them while on the road as a ready-reference.

Few inductions can boast that level of engagement.

WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL

When several men approached the council’s health and wellness advisor to talk about their mental health issues, she thought to herself: now this is unusual.

The council’s Wellbeing Group decided to create a workshop for men suffering from depression, with the aim not to depress them further but to help them towards a greater understanding and to establish strategies to help them get through it.

They got an external facilitator, and two senior managers agreed to talk on video about their own experiences with depression. The workshop was named One for the Blokes.

The first workshop was advertised internally as being about positive mental health for men. Mostly women turned up. Luckily they all went back to work and raved about it to their male colleagues.

350 employees of Wellington City Council have now attended the workshops, which upon evaluation have been extended to run for two and a half hours. Feedback has been enormously positive.

One attendee commented: “In 20 years at work I have never seen an organisation brave enough to tackle this topic in an open forum.”

The workshops ran several times during 2015, and were picked up by the Mental Health Foundation, which got funding via Red Cross to run them in Christchurch where they have now reached more than 200 people.

THE WORKSAFE NEW ZEALAND/ACC BEST OVERALL CONTRIBUTION TO IMPROVING WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY IN NEW ZEALAND.

FONTERRA

The judges were impressed by the scope and variety of Fonterra’s two category winning initiatives: fatigue in tanker drivers, and the welfare of contractors on major construction projects. They demonstrate a willingness to tackle health and safety from both ends: a programme to tackle an issue in a high fatality risk environment; and a programme to address the important but often overlooked need to show care and respect for contractors.

Both programmes have the potential to positively influence the wider road transport and construction sectors.

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