2013 Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to the 2013 winners and finalists

The Unitec Institute of Technology Safety Innovation Award 

WINNER - Carters Petone - Timber Yard Team

Having identified that their process for putting timber into storage racks presented several hazards that could only be minimised such as manual handling and falls from height, the Carters Petone Timber Yard Team custom designed a fork lift attachment and new work method. This innovation completely eliminated several hazards, significantly improved safety and created efficiencies by turning a thirty minute manual task into a three minute mechanical task.


  • Barrs Ltd - with a history of high level safety innovation, Barrs Ltd, not content to rest on their laurels have continued to challenge the normal practises in the civil construction industry. Several innovations have included a methodology to minimise confined space entries, a device for lifting large diameter pipes that reduces manual handling and plant movements on site, as well as a methodology to safely detect hidden ground voids. These initiatives have led to improvements in safety, quality, staff welfare and environmental care.
  • Innovative Ceiling Systems Ltd (ICS Ltd) - in response to the on-going danger of falling from height in the residential construction sector Innovative Ceiling Systems Ltd developed a total fall prevention system that combined the use of fixed ceiling panels to provide a secure working platform along with perimeter edge protection to manage the risk of falls both internally and externally of the building perimeter. This system has been warmly received due to the improved safety and efficiency of workers utilising the system.

The AWF Group Safety Innovation Award 

WINNER - Geotechnics Ltd

As a mobile operation surveying the city of Christchurch, the Pipe Monitoring Team at Geotechnics Ltd sought to design, develop and implement new equipment and processes that eliminated significant workplace hazards. These included several innovations, including the design of their own trailer to house their pipe profilometer a trailer which has eliminated repetitive manual handling, provided increased protection for technicians from both traffic and exposure to adverse weather conditions, as well as eliminating the risk of falling/slipping down the open manhole. Collectively these innovations have contributed significantly to a safe and efficient program of work.


  • Fulton Hogan / HEBConstruction Alliance - with limited space for the storage of a large number of pile casings on the Fulton Hogan/HEB Tauranga Eastern Link Project, it was deemed necessary to stack casings three high. With such a large stack the hazard of the casing stack collapsing was identified. The structures Team came up with a highly effective device dubbed the hairpin a piece of 25mm diameter reinforced steel bent into a u shape with a final length of one metre. When placed inside the outer casings that are side by side, this simple, practical, easy to manufacture and cost effective innovation meant the stacked casings were more secure, a smaller footprint for casing storage was required, and staff working in the surrounding area were safer.
  • Stanley Construction - to ensure timely completion of 2 three storey apartment blocks in an occupied retirement village; Stanley Construction Ltd came up with a clever solution. Using their prefabricated wall units manufactured off site, the Stanley Team designed, trialled and engineered an innovative wheeled platform nicknamed The Dolly for positioning these units in very tight spaces. This method enhanced progress, significantly reduced the effects of manual handling; whilst having the added benefit of minimal disruption to the residents.

The MSA Safety Leadership Award (Small, medium or large business)

WINNER - McLeod Cranes

Following the need to improve planning and documentation for crane lifts, McLeod Cranes identified significant variations in the existing documents being used, and with this the need to create an Industry Standard Lift Plan one which would be simple to use yet powerful enough to encompass many of the lifts Crane Operators encounter. McLeod Cranes demonstrated their leadership by developing a draft lift plan, and consulted with a number of parties to fine tune and test the plan. The final version along with a training document has been accepted by the Crane Association of New Zealand and Skills The Industry ITO, and is now making in-roads to the industry, with the opportunity to make a real difference to crane operations and significantly increase safety on construction sites.

  • Fulton Hogan - following a change to its business structure in 2010, Fulton Hogan Auckland Region faced a unique challenge of bringing together multiple regions into one. Key health and safety data was analysed and surveys undertaken within their workforce, the results of which led to the development of a structured multifaceted approach to addressing the health and safety issues identified. The structure was based around a series of core principles including genuine senior management commitment to safety, the reinforcement of responsibilities and increased accountability, greater opportunities for effective and efficient communication, recognition of staff and meaningful business measures all of which lead to sustainable health and safety improvements.
  • Hawkins Construction / Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment- contracted by the Ministry of the Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to build 40 residential dwellings to accommodate displaced residents while their earthquake damaged homes were repaired or rebuilt, Hawkins Construction, as a large business with an ability to influence health and safety, realised an opportunity to effect change within the residential construction sector. Through a series of initiatives including the introduction of the concept of leadership accountabilities as a critical factor in imbedding a safety culture on this project, Hawkins and MBIE were able to achieve and promote a more consistent, efficient and safe working environment not just for this project but for the wider industry.

Judges' Special Award for Safety Innovation

WINNER - Fulton Hogan / HEBConstruction Alliance

The limited space for the storage of large number of stacked pile casings created a major hazard with a serious risk of collapse. The structures team came up with a reinforced steel device named the hairpin which was a simple and cost effective innovation. Once the hairpin was placed on the stacked casings they were more secure, took up less space, and made the surrounding staff working area safer.