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AfPA Member Profile: Neil “Snowy” Blair, Rockit Asphalting

Neil “Snowy” Blair, Rockit Asphalting Manager (left).

Neil “Snowy” Blair, Rockit Asphalting Manager, shares some insights from his experience in the pavement industry with Roads & Infrastructure.

How did you start your career in the road construction industry?

I started working when I was 14 on the farm. My father got a job at the DMR out at Langford. He spoke with the owners and managed to get me a job. They were looking for drivers and I stayed there for 12 months. I was quite comfortable with operating machinery, as I could use my experience from the farm.

What is your current role and what does it involve?

Mark Bright and I are both Managers of Rockit Asphalting, which forms part of the Ian Harrington Group. We’ve been a part of the Ian Harrington Group for the last nine years. Our business has been going for more than double that time.

As part of my role, I manage the road crews on various projects. I’m very happy and Rockit Asphalting is a great place to be.

What is the best thing about your current role? 

I guess the best part is the people. Clients have remained loyal, that’s how we got a good start. It’s great to still be able to work with a crew when they need a hand. It’s nice to still be able to contribute to the industry. You can still learn something every day.


 

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What is a recent change you have seen in the industry and how are you/the company prepared for that?

The emphasis on safety has been a big change from when I first joined the industry. Especially with what’s required to and really what it needed to have outside the safety aspect

Now we have safety meetings every month, that way we can talk through things such as little incidents and just try and keep highlighting what can go wrong on a job, to stay prepared.

How has being a member of AfPA benefitted you in the industry?

I think it has and will continue to bring people together to talk about different ways of doing different jobs, as well as what’s coming up in the future. 

What are your goals for the future?

I get asked if I’m going to retire all the time but excluding any serious health problems, I won’t be hanging up the boots anytime soon. Hopefully retirement is way off.  

This article was originally published in the December edition of our magazine. To read the magazine, click here.

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