Site Safe Chief Executive Garry Menhennet awards
Arrow International's National
The recent launch of the Tier Three challenge has been eagerly met by Arrow International (NZ) Inc, a major construction company in New Zealand. Arrow International Health and Safety Manager Clynton Lereculey accepted the Tier 3 award on Monday 23 April on behalf of his company. “Tier 3 shows a commitment from management through to the guys on site. It proves there is a real commitment from the whole company that we care about the people on site and we want them to go home at night” said Lereculey.
Arrow International were measured on the commitment and personal involvement of their executive and senior management teams in health, safety and environmental activities and organisational accountability. Chief Executive for Arrow International Hugh Morrison said “It is one thing to have systems and processes but real Health and Safety is achieved when you make a shift in culture. Tier 3 was about engaging leadership so we can change culture, both in our team and on our sites”.
There are varied reasons for why companies wish to join the Charter Accredited programme, Lereculey said “we wanted to be a Health and Safety leader within the industry, proving that we walk the talk by setting a high standard for contractors to follow. We also believe that a safe, tidy site increases productivity and improves attitudes so it made sense to get involved with the programme.”
Arrow International National Health and Safety Team Leader Dirk Tuinman agreed “we always had a good Health and Safety record and good sound policies and culture but we had no way of benchmarking them against others in the industry. Site Safe’s accreditation process was a way of proving to ourselves, as much as anybody, that we were performing to our best abilities. Tier 2 provides a compliance benchmarking level while Tier 3 is designed to monitor the management structure that drives the culture to achieve that compliance.”
Site Safe values Charter Tier 3 status so highly because proven onsite leadership, behaviour and system health and safety excellence make these workplaces safer, productive and attractive for employees and their families.