Garry Menhennet presents Scott McLeod with the
Site Safe Best Health and
Director Scott McLeod from McLeod Cranes Ltd was proud to accept the achievement of Best Health and Safety Initiative by a Small Business Award at the Safeguard Awards on Wednesday 30th May. The award category was sponsored by Site Safe NZ Inc.
McLeod Cranes’ winning initiative was in reaction to a previously recorded near-miss event. The company had noticed the hazard of pipes moving while transporting steel pipe casings to a geothermal site. McLeod Cranes Ltd led a collaborative effort with some of its clients to re-evaluate the procedures for safe handling of casings. The result was a revised handling procedure which has improved safety and has been well received during trials.
The Safeguard judges were impressed by McLeod Crane’s willingness to research international methods of transporting steel pipes to devise the safest method in the New Zealand context. Also all staff have smartphones to access and share safety information on the road including job-specific steps, codes of practice, bridge limitations, and hazard reports. Currently, video cameras are being mounted in cabs to record any use by drivers of a cranes’ over-lift capacity to check safe procedures have been followed.
McLeod Cranes Ltd was against fierce competition to win, Horton Media Ltd who is Australasia's largest independent contract newspaper printer had an innovative control for hazards arising from newspaper press machines.
Site Safe Chief Executive Garry Menhennet who had the pleasure of awarding McLeod Cranes at the gala dinner event said: “there are over 2500 small member businesses in Site Safe’s membership and it is very important that we continue to assist businesses this size as they form the majority of the New Zealand construction industry.” Site Safe is very proud to sponsor such a category, and to have the winner who is a long time member from Bay of Plenty makes this particular initiative and award even more special.
Scott McLeod said at the event “I have always been driven by my fathers’ comments ‘She’ll be right - just as long as it’s perfect.’ It’s that desire to achieve perfection which have led us here today.”
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