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Finalists decided in annual workplace safety awards

Finalists decided in annual workplace safety awards
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 6 May 2013
The finalists in the NZ Workplace Health and Safety Awards for 2013 have been decided. The winners in each of the categories, and an overall winner, will be announced at a gala dinner at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland on 29 May.

The awards are organised by Thomson Reuters, publisher of Safeguard magazine, and proudly supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The awards dinner coincides with the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference.

Now in their ninth year, the awards are well established as an annual highlight for everyone involved in the prevention of injury and ill-health arising from work.

Safeguard editor Peter Bateman says that with the Pike River Royal Commission and the Independent Taskforce into Workplace Health and Safety having recently captured the headlines, it is a pleasure to acknowledge such a wide range of positive health and safety initiatives.

“There is a lot of thoughtful and innovative work going on which deserves to be more widely known. These awards play an important role in celebrating good these initiatives and sharing them with as many people as possible.”

The judging panel of five included representatives from MBIE, ACC, the NZ Council of Trade Unions, Safeguard, and the 2012 health and safety practitioner of the year.

The category finalists, in alphabetic order within category, are:

Kensington Swan best initiative to address a safety hazard
• KiwiRail (Wellington)
• Veolia Water (Papakura – wet well project)
• Veolia Water (hazard reporting)

MBIE best initiative to address a health hazard
• Auckland International Airport Emergency Services Department
• Ballance Agri-Nutrients (Tauranga)
• Nelson City Council

Vitae best initiative to improve employee wellness
• Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging – Kinleith Mill
• Department of Corrections (Wellington)
• Pacific Steel (Auckland)

NZ Safety best initiative to encourage engagement in health and safety
• Pacific Steel (Auckland)
• Site Safe New Zealand (Wellington)
• Treasury Wine Estates Matua (Kumeu)

SICK best use of design to eliminate or isolate a hazard
• Ag-Tech Industries (Dargaville)
• SteelServ (Waiuku)
• Zablad (Hamilton)

Site Safe best health and safety initiative by a small business
• B&D Construction (Christchurch)
• Generation Homes (Tauranga)
• McLeod Cranes (Mount Maunganui)

Impac best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation
• Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging (Mount Maunganui)
• Coca-Cola Amatil NZ (Auckland)
• Fonterra Co-Operative Group (Auckland)

ACC best leadership of an industry sector or region
• Fonterra Co-Operative Group (Darfield project)
• New Zealand Medical Association (Wellington)
• Rural Fuel (Palmerston North)

NZISM health & safety practitioner of the year
• Catherine King (Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, Auckland)
• Melissa Pana (Fonterra Brands Tip Top, Auckland)
• Paul Anderson (Fonterra Co-Operative Group, Auckland)

Ross Wilson – NZCTU most influential employee
• Alistair Murray (Steelbro, Christchurch)
• Louisa George (Genesis Energy, Huntly)
• Mike Vitale (Pacific Steel, Auckland)

Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum leader of the year
• George Adams (Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, Auckland)
• Ian Cathcart (Veolia Water, Papakura)
• Marcel Manders (MB Century, Taupo)

The full conference programme is available at


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