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Thursday November 9, 2017

Top health and safety advisor to share insights Site Safe is offering locals a chance to learn from New Zealand’s top health and safety advisor at its free Wellington event next week. This after-work event, which includes the health and safety organisation’s Certificate in Construction Site Safety graduation, takes place at 5pm on Wednesday, November 15 at Massey University. Sarah McDonald is Safeguard Health and Safety Practitioner of the Year and winner of the 2017 New Zealand Institute of Business (NZIOB) Excellence Award for her work on Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) expressway. She will speak about her experience working on a multi-million dollar project, and how health and safety played a key role in the successful completion of the 18km per hour-lane expressway. As Fletcher Construction’s Senior Health and Safety Advisor, McDonald led the health and safety strategy across the $630 million project and worked with the many teams onsite to maintain an excellent safety track record. She joined the Wellington Site Safe New Zealand team in August. “For me, it’s all about creating a courageous health and safety culture with all our contractors and letting them take ownership, and seeing them get better, grow and learn for better business; seeing them go home safe at night and return safely in the morning,” Sarah says. Those attending the event will hear insights on engaging 800-plus subcontractors and suppliers and how the alliance left a safety legacy for their contractors by pushing ownership of safety directly out to workers. “I love seeing attitudes change. People are willing to change, and we need to respect each other, lead and engage with each other,” Sarah says. “Our contractors are the special-

Come and join in with the members of the community to play bowls Every Friday at 5.30pm Come and have a go, and stay for a meal. Everything provided, along with coaching. Safeguard Health and Safety Practitioner of the Year Sarah McDonald. PHOTO: Supplied

ists. I love giving them the courage to look after themselves and their workmates.” This year Site Safe New Zealand has reached a record number of more than 240 graduates across the country.

 Free tickets can be ordered online at EventBrite. Site Safe is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that promotes, inspires and supports a culture of health and safety in New Zealand construction.

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