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Finalists decided in NZ’s biggest workplace safety awards

Finalists decided in NZ’s biggest workplace safety awards

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 4 May 2015

The finalists in the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards for 2015 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 27 May.

The awards are organised by Thomson Reuters, publisher of Safeguard magazine, and proudly supported by WorkSafe New Zealand. The awards dinner coincides with the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference.

Since their inception in 2005 the awards have become established as an annual highlight for everyone involved in the prevention of work injury and ill-health.

Safeguard editor Peter Bateman says that effective leadership drives good health and safety performance, and that the initiatives and people involved in each finalist’s entry demonstrate leadership at multiple levels.

“Leadership can come from anyone in an organisation. The trick is to recognise leaders when they emerge and to support them wholeheartedly. Each finalist has required at least one person – sometimes many – to step up, recognise an opportunity to improve, and make it happen. These awards celebrate those people
and their ideas.”

The judging panel of six included representatives from WorkSafe, ACC, a trade union, a technical specialist, a health and safety practitioner, and Safeguard. The category finalists, in alphabetic order within category, are:

Kensington Swan best initiative to address a safety risk

• Fulton Hogan John Holland Joint Venture

• MainPower New Zealand


WorkSafe New Zealand best initiative to address a health risk

• Energyworks

• Tetra Pak New Zealand

• Vector

Vitae best initiative to improve employee wellness

• Canterbury District Health Board

• Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing

• Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

NZ Safety best initiative to encourage engagement in health and safety

• McConnell Dowell Constructors

• Northern Forest Products

• Wellington International Airport/Hawkins Construction

SICK best use of design or technology to eliminate or minimise a risk

• Komatsu New Zealand

• Northpower

• Veolia

Site Safe best health and safety initiative by a small business

• N J Koot Builders

• Sonoco New Zealand

Impac best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation

• Amcor Flexibles New Zealand

• M2PP Alliance

• NZ Transport Agency

ACC best leadership of an industry sector or region

• EQC/Fletcher EQR

• Landcorp Farming

• McLeod Hiabs

NZISM health & safety practitioner of the year

• Gareth Jeune, Wellington International Airport

• Ian Gill, Veolia

• Kristina Wischnowsky, Corbel Construction

edenfx HSE Recruitment most influential employee

• Jamie Colquhoun, Causeway Alliance

• Leigh Marsh, Department of Corrections

• Rob Causer, BRANZ

Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum executive of the year

• Albert Brantley, Genesis Energy

• James Fletcher, OCS

• Natasha Possenniskie, Department of Corrections


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