2016 Winners & Finalists


The Site Safe 2016 Construction Health and Safety Awards winners were presented and celebrated at the Evening of Celebration. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists

Congratulations to our four award winners 

  • AGL Scaffolding - winner of the Unitec Safety Innovation Award (for small to medium organisations)
  • Farra Engineering - winner of the Vertical Horizonz Safety Innovation Award (for large organisations) 
  • Fulton Hogan/ John Holland Venture - winner of the Kensington Swan Safety Leadership Award 
  • Jo Prigmore and Neill Kydd of Fulton Hogan Marlborough - winners of the WorkSafe New Zealand Safety Contribution Award 

Unitec Safety Innovation Award (for small to medium organisations)

Winner - AGL Scaffolding and Rigging 

Initiated scaffold awareness sessions to highlight what a safe scaffold should look like. As part of the events, AGL invited companies to compare non-compliant and compliant scaffolds and encouraged people to engage with best practice for working platforms and scaffolding.

Finalists: 

  • Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers NZ Inc - created a health and safety app for members to access from mobile devices. The app contains digital health and safety forms that can be completed online and sent to primary contacts at the touch of a button, making it easier and more efficient to keep up-to-date with health and safety requirements.

Vertical Horizonz Safety Innovation Award (for large organisations) 

Winner - Farra Engineering 

Designed and built a modular lift hoarding system that allows natural light, equipment storage and ventilation in the lift shaft and provides a safe exit in case of emergency.

Finalists: 

  • Fletcher Construction - created a mobile platform which reduced the risk of falling and allowed for the safe removal of asbestos cladding and roofing during demolition. The platform was suspended from a crane, providing a safe working platform as well as allowing access to high and challenging access areas.
  • Fulton Hogan / John Holland Venture - developed a special weld band for water main pipes which kept the work site free of leak water and reduced the risks of welding near water. This innovation has become the standard solution across the project and has the potential to be deployed on any steel pipeline project.

Kensington Swan Safety Leadership Award 

Winner - Fulton Hogan / John Holland Venture 

For their dedication to creating a strong safety culture on the Hunua water main project, where they fostered a zero-harm culture with a number of initiatives including individual start cards, a spotter competency programme and the establishment of the "Golden Rules".

Judges Special Mention - Netcon for their Mates in Construction initiative 

For being the first New Zealand company to introduce “Mates in Construction”, a workplace suicide prevention programme which heightens awareness of mental health issues and enforces the idea that suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility.       

Finalists: 

  • Greg Wallace of Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers NZ Inc - for driving best-practice health and safety in his role as Chief Executive. Greg’s passion for raising the bar has seen the organisation undertake a variety of health and safety initiatives, including the creation of a health and safety app and a training roadshow on the new legislation.
  • Mackays to Peka Peka Alliance - for developing an innovative approach to managing health, safety and wellbeing. This included empowering staff to develop their own safety formula, encouraging staff to rate safety performance and fostering strong leadership.

WorkSafe New Zealand Safety Contribution Award 

Winner - Jo Prigmore and Neill Kydd of Fulton Hogan Marlborough

Together led a step change in quarry management practices by designing a "guarding wheel" which allows workers to calculate the safe distance for guarding machinery. They also created better access to safety information by developing a quarry management plan, handbook and audit tool.

Finalists 

  • Nancy Maessen of Altherm Taranaki - put in place a range of initiatives to increase staff awareness of health and safety and celebrate success. These included encouraging apprentices to enrol in a safety challenge, improving health and safety committee meetings, setting up toolbox meetings and rewarding incident reporting.
  • Ray Patrick of Fulton Hogan - nominated for contributing almost 50 years of leadership in health and safety. As an assessor of Fulton Hogan's moving plant competency programme, his attitude and approach has inspired positive change across the organisation.
  • Peter Breakwell of Powerworx Ltd - for increasing the awareness about the dangers of arc flash, an electrical incident which can cause fire and burns. As well as seeking out extensive training, Peter has encouraged other managers to invest in safety equipment and labelling, reducing the risk to workers in the Nelson area.