Finalists announced - Construction Health and Safety Awards 2017

20 Sep 2017

A unique safe lifting device and an impressive approach to temporary traffic management are just a few of the innovative ideas being recognised at this year's Construction Health and Safety Awards.

Site Safe is pleased to announce the 12 outstanding finalists for the 2017 awards, which help to promote health and safety in the construction industry by giving national recognition to those making a real difference.

The awards acknowledge people, sites and businesses that are demonstrating excellence in the areas of leadership, innovation and contribution.

The awards will be presented at the awards ceremony at Alexandra Park in Auckland on November 8. For ticket sales please visit our awards page. 

The finalists are:

The Unitec Safety Innovation Award for Small to Medium Business (up to 50 employees)

Alderson NZ Ltd
For their unique wet sanding system, which, when stripping paint, captures all the lead particles and eliminates the need for chemical strippers. While it is an impressive system from a health and safety perspective, it is also around 16 times faster than traditional methods of scrapping and dry sanding. This Alderson Sanding System is now one of Master Painters preferred systems for the removal of lead based paint.

Designerscope Ltd
For their AXILO (TM) Cabinet Levelling 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. The task is easier, safer and faster, improving levelling time by up to 50% and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. This NZ invention has now been globally licensed to Hafele International who have a presence in 150 countries.

PK Steel Ltd
For their Mogatai Manipulator, a three-axis hydraulic lifting device they developed to safely install large steel loads at height. The innovative design can be fitted to a hiab or other machine and operates via remote, so there is no need for workers to be near the steel load during lifting. Use of this device results in significant health and safety benefits for workers and an increase in productivity, with ultimately less down time for the end client.

The Vertical Horizonz Safety Innovation Award for Large Business (over 50 employees)

Carters Tyre Service Ltd
For its "Work Safe - Post inflation" programme designed to reduce the risk of harm posed by the potential of retreaded tyres failing and causing an explosion. Carters is believed to be the first tyre service provider of its size and scope to undertake improvements in tyre retread safety culture by adopting an integrated approach to product and plant development, worker engagement and safety system renewal.

Fulton Hogan HEB Joint Venture
For their Pipe Lifting Beam and Truck Deck Fall Restraint system. The system, developed for the Waikato Expressway - Huntly section project, eliminates the need for hiab drivers to work at heights while unloading large pipes from their trucks. The system also includes a new truck deck fall restraint system for preventing falls while loading or unloading smaller pipes. The new system helped the project achieve its goal of Zero Harm.

McConnell Dowell Downer Joint Venture
For their innovative approach to temporary traffic management on the Russley Road Upgrade by Christchurch Airport. Their approach included a super roundabout concept and resulted in network safety improvements benefiting road users, pedestrians and the significant workforce engaged in the project. Their scheme also separated airport pedestrians from work areas, while still allowing safe visibility of the ongoing works.

The Kensington Swan Safety Leadership Award (small, medium or large business)

Mach3 Industries Ltd
For the leadership shown by owner Anna Chapman in implementing a range of initiatives that embedded health and safety in the company. Via their engaging practices, Mach3 have brought about a change in culture and have embraced health and safety in a practical and positive way. They have also gone the extra mile to share their learnings with other companies and to challenge themselves to continuously improve.

For their commitment to providing an engaged and behavioural-based approach to health and safety management. OneStaff realigned their business and moved to a value-based model that placed more emphasis on employees having a voice and being rewarded for living the values. OneStaff have also shown leadership in the wider recruitment industry and are working on a set of minimum industry standards for candidate's ability to be work-ready.

Studio Pacific Architecture
For the leadership they have shown as safety-focused designers for the industry. Studio Pacific Architecture have focused on the significant health and safety decisions they can make early in the design phase of a building project. This includes how it is built, used and demolished. They have stepped up to the challenge of improving health and safety for their staff and for all those who use their drawings and build from them.

The WorkSafe NZ Safety Contribution Award (individual or small team)

Stephanie Cerpa of Contract Construction
For being an unstoppable positive force in the health and safety industry. Stephanie led a significant health and safety change at her previous organisation, Horncastle Homes. With her passion for engagement she led over 500 training sessions to ensure everyone had a say and was engaged. The range of changes she implemented resulted in considerable improvements to health and safety, including a full year of being serious harm free across the entire organisation. Stephanie's philosophy on health and safety is to make it a positive experience every day.

Shaun Maxwell of Men at Work
For his huge contribution to providing a safer work place for the Men at Work team. Shaun has implemented a number of safety initiatives including a competition and leadership board that reduced speeding incidents from 11% to 1% and influencing the design of new trucks so that workers have a safer way to load and unload trucks which has reduced soft tissue injuries.

Aaron Billing of Upright Scaffolding
For leading and inspiring a dramatic culture change at Upright Scaffolding. Aaron has challenged staff and management to change the way they operate the company and to become the "All Blacks Standard" of the scaffolding industry. As a result, the company has changed their mindset from being scaffolders to being a team that is there to look out for each other. Health and Safety is always first, scaffolding is next.

Site Safe would like to thank the supporters of the 2017 Health and Safety Awards: Fletcher Construction, Hawkins, Unitec Institute of Technology, Cassidy Construction, Edenfx/Hard Hat Recruits, Perception Group/NZ Print, Geeves Scaffolding, Dominion Constructors, Vertical Horizonz, Kensington Swan and WorkSafe New Zealand.

For more information and ticket sales please visit our awards page.