Fulton Hogan’s commitment to workplace safety has been recognised by New Zealand safety regulators WorkSafe with the presentation of the prestigious Chief Inspector Safety Leadership Award for Safety Leadership in the Extractive Industry.
Fulton Hogan New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Robert Jones said the company had made a concerted effort to lead the development of safer working procedures in the quarrying industry.
“This award from WorkSafe is a highly-valued acknowledgement of our health and safety culture, and the approach we take toward empowering our people as safety leaders,” Mr. Jones said.
“At Fulton Hogan health and safety always comes first. We continually invest in looking after our people, and putting processes and plans in place to make sure that everyone goes home safely.”
The company has placed an increased emphasis on safe working practices across its quarrying businesses in the past 12 months, developing new management plans, procedures and manuals, and employee handbooks. Working actively alongside WorkSafe, Fulton Hogan has provided industry support and feedback, which is helping shape new regulatory guidelines.
In recognising Fulton Hogan’s achievement, WorkSafe New Zealand’s Chief Inspector Extractives, Tony Forster commented, “Fulton Hogan have lifted their standards and expectations at each of their sites and with their subcontractors, both nationally and regionally, Fulton Hogan actively and positively engaged with WorkSafe.”
“This company has been well in front of its peers in understanding and engaging on the new regulatory regime – and it has actively assisted other operators to lift their standards, regardless of their affiliation with Fulton Hogan” Mr. Forster said.
The award was formally presented to Fulton Hogan by WorkSafe this week at a gathering at the company’s Christchurch head office. Attendees included representatives from both Fulton Hogan and WorkSafe, and members of the associated quarrying and mineral bodies.