2012 Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists

The Unitec Institute of Technology Safety Innovation Award Small to Medium Business 

Winner - Benchmark Homes Canterbury Ltd 

To address the issue in the residential industry of no full-time on-site Manager, Benchmark Homes Canterbury designed and developed Site Checkpoints for all their residential construction projects. These lockable Site Checkpoints are built into on-site signage, and provide all contractors a one-stop site information hub where they can easily access all site safety information.


  • Heightsafe NZ Ltd - to improve the safety of ladder use and reduce the number of ladder related accidents in the work environment, Heightsafe NZ designed and produced a new ladder bracketing system. The bracketing system is permanently fixed and allows the user to lock the ladder into place prior to using. The bracket is now being utilised by numerous Companies throughout New Zealand.
  • Rhett Brown Speaking - following a near fatal work accident which resulted in tetraplegia, Rhett embarked on a new direction, taking his hard hitting emotional story to workplaces around New Zealand. Rhett has reached thousands of people in the construction industry with his safety messages, encouraging others and trying to break down the shell be right culture of New Zealand.

Judges Special Mention: Patterson Contracting Otago Ltd

Following the Christchurch Earthquakes, Patterson Contracting Otago Ltd. identified the considerable risk now involved in foundation replacement work. Patterson Contracting developed a building stabilisation system that provides the same seismic bracing value as the current building code, ensuring the safety of people working under the building. This system has been adopted by the construction industry for safe lifting practice in Christchurch.

The AWF Group Safety Innovation Award Large Business 

Winner - McConnell Dowell 

On their Huntly North Shaft project, McConnell Dowell identified the significant and potentially fatal hazards associated with this technically complex underground project. The nature of these hazards on-site led to a complete holistic approach to safety management and resulted in the successful implementation of many creative solutions.


  • Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd -to overcome the logistical difficulties of supplying safety items to all areas of their work sites, Mainzeal demonstrated ingenuity by developing Mobile Safety Stations. These Mobile Safety Stations are portable and provide easily accessible safety information, supplies and emergency response equipment.
  • Hawkins Construction Ltd - after the Christchurch earthquakes, Hawkins challenged the ingrained attitude to working at height in the residential sector. Working with a number of organisations, this resulted in the implementation of systems to address significant fall hazards in the sector, including the design of a specialised H frame scaffold system, full perimeter scaffolding and decreased spacing of roof purlins.

The MSA Safety Leadership Award Small, medium or large business

Winner - Gibson Decorators and Sons Ltd 

Following the death of their son from exposure to solvents and chemicals in the workplace, Gibson Decorators responded to the tragedy by launching the Glove Up Campaign, an initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of chemicals and solvents that Trades are exposed to in their working processes. This initiative has involved the successful lobbying of Government, Businesses and Industries to recognise this very real health issue.


  • B&D Construction Ltd - established in late 2010, B&D Construction recognised early that the development of a safety culture cannot rely on words on paper or be demanded from above. B&D Construction has established strong health and safety practices, with key initiatives that encourage buy-in to the benefits of safety at all levels including Employees and Subcontractors.
  • Scarbro Construction - inappropriate use of ladders and falls from below 3 metres is a major problem in the construction industry. Working with Subcontractors, Scarbro Construction developed an initiative to encourage the use of alternative platforms when working at height. One of the outcomes was a Ladder Permit System that was implemented to ensure appropriate consideration is given to ladder use where it is felt an alternative platform is not possible.