2011-08-12 - A high level of safety performance and culture of openness were key to success for ABB's Power Systems - substation service team based in Christchurch, who was awarded the Best Safety & Health Performance (Team) award at the inaugural Transpower STAR awards in Wellington on 10th August.
ABB's Ian Russell, Dan Harris and John Kinvig
The STAR (safety, thanks and recognition) awards were developed by Transpower to recognise achievement and excellence in safety in the national grid high voltage transmission industry. They are open to all Transpower employees, sub-contractors and consultant employees.
ABB’s Power Systems division- Substation team
ABB's winning award category recognises teams with a strong collective safety culture, and that consistently demonstrates a commitment to safety.
In the official winners booklet Transpower stated:
"This team has demonstrated a strong commitment to safety, applying health and safety systems to an exemplary standard, including training, participation in collaborative health and safety meetings, carrying out SOTs and near miss reporting. The team has an exceptional record of seven years without a lost time injury, and has set its own stretch target to extend this to 10 years.
The judges were highly impressed by the team working together to sustain such a high level of safety performance over a long period of time. Much of this was attributed to a culture of openness, and celebrating successes."
Matthew Sarten - finalist in the Apprentice of the year category
Although missing out on the Apprentice of the Year award, ABB's Matthew Sarten was also honoured at the awards as one of the three strong finalists in this category
For more information on the awards visit www.transpower.co.nz/star_award_winners_2011.