Award Winners

21 Nov 2015

The 2015 Site Safe Evening of Celebration was held at Alexandra Park on 11 November with over 300 people in attendance. The evening hosted the Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety (CCSS) graduation and announced the winners of the 2015 Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Congratulations to our four winners...

INTAKS NZ Ltd won the Unitec Safety Innovation Award (for small to medium organisations).

INTAKS NZ Ltd designed a solution called the Apex Post that makes it safer for workers to install edge protection on the apex of buildings. The post eliminates the need for the installer to scale the apex and put themselves at risk of a fall.

This new solution has resulted in productivity improvements with shorter install times and most importantly, workers are feeling safer on site.

Judges commented that it was a sophisticated product design that will reduce multiple fall hazards on a site and passed on their congratulations to INTAKS NZ

McLeod Hiabs won the AWF Safety Innovation Award (for large organisations).

McLeod Hiabs created a ladder solution called the "Three Points of Contact Vehicle Access" which allows their operators to access their hiab decks without risk of slips, trips and falls.

The solution is easy to use for drivers and keeps the operators safe from the injuries that can come with jumping off decks.

Judges commented that the three points of contact concept is a simple and effective design solution to prevent slips and falls. The company has shown a real passion for health and safety.

Men at Work won the Benchmark Homes Safety Leadership Award (for any size organisation)

Men at Work put in place a range of initiatives to increase staff awareness of health and safety and to celebrate success. These included STMS of the month, buddy systems, mentoring, training, incentives and monitoring.

Men at Work's strategy has been that a "Happy and Healthy Team" with the best resources will enable them to provide the best service to customers and have the best safety record.

Judges commented that Men at Work have put a lot of thought into building a safety culture at all levels of their business. They have set high standards for safety and have clearly made worker engagement a priority across the company.

Judges Special Mention - Housing New Zealand

The judges made a special mention to Housing New Zealand in the leadership category.

Housing New Zealand introduced the new "HomeSAFE" concept that encourages all staff to be leaders by having safety conversations on worksites with a focus on encouraging and reinforcing safe behaviours.

The programme has been running for more than a year and has resulted in nearly 1,400 safety conversations on work sites. The concept originated in Christchurch and they are now looking at expanding the programme.

Judges commented that it is fantastic to see this category extending beyond traditional construction companies. Housing NZ have done a great job with this initiative by focusing and reinforcing positive safety behaviours, we look forward to seeing this programme rolled out nationwide.

Kristina Wischnowsky - Corbel Construction won the WorkSafe New Zealand Safety Contribution Award (for an individual or small team)

Kristina Wischnowsky from Corbel Construction won the award for championing health and safety within the company and in the wider industry, including her contribution to the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter and other voluntary groups.

Kristina has presented at conferences and to numerous groups about the Safety Charter and has helped transform Corbel's relationship to safety from "a necessary evil" back in 2013 to "everyone's responsibility" today.

Judges commented that it is clear that Kristina is an inspiration not only within her own company, but in the wider industry. She is to be commended for the amount of voluntary hours, energy and passion that she has put into making sure that safety is front of mind for everyone.


This year Site Safe has a record 213 graduates in the CCSS with 70 attending the official graduation ceremony on the 11th. By participating in a range of Site Safe courses students earn NZQA recognised credits towards the qualification that leads to lifelong learning and the development of leadership skills in health and safety.

Site Safe offers a scholarship programme for this certificate level course and on the night Alison Molly, Site Safe Chief Executive also congratulated five scholarship students who completed their study.

Site Safe would like to acknowledge their event sponsors Fletcher, Hawkins, Unitec, Dominion Constructors, ACC, Fulton Hogan and NZ Print for their support.

Photos from the evening are available at the following weblink 

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