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City Care scoops Bill Perry Safety Award for an obstacle course with a twist

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Choosing the winner from the latest round of Bill Perry Safety Award applications was a challenging task for SCIRT’s General Manager, Ian Campbell. 
 
Four of SCIRT’s Delivery Teams – City Care, Fletcher, Fulton Hogan, and Downer – submitted an impressive range of award applications, demonstrating their commitment to workplace safety. 
 
City Care won for its purpose built training and development facility based in Hornby. 

 
Below – SCIRT General Manager, Ian Campbell, congratulates the City Care team on its purpose built training and development facility for implementing safe work practices.
 
 
 

An obstacle course about safety 

Crews can learn about potential risks on a construction site in a safe and controlled environment at the City Care training facility. City Care developed a range of training modules in consultation with experts and from lessons learnt in previous events to help improve safety.
 
Modules cover the critical risks and include working:
  • around live services
  • in confined spaces
  • at heights and depth
  • with powered plant and tools
  • around mobile plant and lifting operations
  • in trenches and excavations. 
The training facility balances theoretical and practical hands-on learning. First, safe practice is taught in a classroom environment. Then trainees go out on the physical course, a series of mock construction sites, to put what they’ve learnt into practice. 
 

Others benefit from training facility – confined space facility one of the best  
It’s not just City Care staff enjoying the benefits the training facility offers. Other contractors, including City Care’s sub-contractors and SCIRT’s other delivery teams, have also used the training facility. Around 600 trainees have used the training facility so far this year, which is an indicator of how successful it is. 

The confined space facility in particular has been recognised as one of the best in New Zealand, and the New Zealand Fire Service regularly uses it for rescue training.
 
 
Below - City Care’s confined space training facility has been recognised as one of the best in New Zealand.
 
 
 

Other entries impress judge

Runner-up – Downer, Triumphal Arch 
Downer outlined a number of safety initiatives that were used to minimise the total time a crew member would have to spend working inside the narrow columns of the Triumphal Arch. 
 
This included using 3D imaging to verify the internal and external measurements of the arch. Normally this would involve accessing the hollow columns from above, the tallest of which is 13 metres, with a construction worker being suspended from ropes. 
 
Downer also used a modified hand-held jaw crusher to remove concrete slabs from inside the columns of the Triumphal Arch. This method also reduced the need for crew to enter a confined space. 
 
Unfortunately, work in confined spaces could not always be avoided. The crew needed to access the base of the structure to remove some concrete from inside the columns. A rescue plan was trialled with the help of a dummy specially created for the job. The trial was successful confirming the right procedures were in place to ensure the safety of the crew when working in the confined space. 

 
Below: A 3D scanned image of the Triumphal Arch. 
 

 

What is the Bill Perry Safety Award?

Bill Perry, former CEO of Fulton Hogan, was instrumental in establishing a zero harm culture within SCIRT. Bill passed away suddenly in 2011 and part of his legacy is an organisational commitment to safety. A quarterly safety award has been developed as one way of ensuring that safety is central to our work.

The Bill Perry Safety Award is based on safety indicators that Bill originally helped to set up for SCIRT. These include ‘safety conversations’, near miss reporting, hazard reporting, safe acts audits and safety initiatives. The award also recognises teams for outstanding safety initiatives which have the potential to impact across SCIRT or wider industry.  

 
Published: 31 July 2015