Site Safer Scoops Award


29 Aug 2017

pic of Sarah receiving award

From left: Graeme Birkhead, NZIOB President, Alison Molloy, Site Safe Chief Executive, award winner Sarah McDonald, Hon Dr Nick Smith.

Site Safe’s newest health and safety advisor has taken out a top safety award at this year’s NZ Institute of Building Awards.

Sarah McDonald received the Site Safe Safety Excellence award for her work on the $630 million Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) expressway, where she was Fletcher Construction’s Senior Health and Safety Advisor.

The M2PP expressway was a massive undertaking, with 5100 people delivering over five million working hours across the duration of the project. The M2PP Alliance’s approach to health and safety had a return on investment of $1.5 million, after the programmes which Sarah helped to develop and put in place were implemented.

After presenting the award at the gala dinner in Auckland last week, Site Safe Chief Executive Alison Molloy said it was great to see women being recognised in the construction industry.

“Sarah is a role model for health and safety behaviour change and we are lucky to have her on the team.”

Sarah, who also won Health and Safety Practitioner of the Year at the NZ Workplace Health and Safety Awards earlier this year, said receiving the NZIOB award was a great privilege.

“Health and safety is more than just a job for me – I am passionate about achieving real results and finding ways to continuously improve, but most importantly getting our teams of contractors home healthy and safe to their families by being responsible for their own health and safety.

“In health and safety it’s easy to say ‘let’s engage’ but to actually achieve that has been the highlight of my career.”

The NZIOB judges commented they were particularly impressed that several of the initiatives Sarah implemented on the project could be successfully adapted for use across the rest of the construction industry.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Sarah’s award-winning approach to health and safety, check out our Q&A interview with her here.