Winning Team Helps Lend Lease Stay Safe

AE Smith places the highest value on the safety of our staff and our clients, as three Brisbane mechanical plumbers from the Queensland Construction AE Smith team have proven with their success in a pilot Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) training course championed by Lend Lease

17 Jul 2014
 

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The five-month course led to a Certificate IV in Workplace Health & Safety and
involved attendees working in groups of four to come up with a WHS safety initiative that Lend Lease could adopt across its building projects

Daniel Gray (pictured above), Peter Morrison and Grant Shanahan took part in Lend Lease’s pilot “Safety Leadership Program”, targeted at the construction industry.

The five-month course led to a Certificate IV in Workplace Health & Safety and involved attendees working in groups of four to come up with a WHS safety initiative that Lend Lease could adopt across its building projects. It culminated in the teams presenting their innovation to Lend Lease senior managers.

And in great news for AE Smith, Daniel’s group won the award for the best initiative – a smart phone app to identify intangible hazards, such as stress, metal wellbeing and tiredness.

AE Smith National Safety Manager, Nick Daley said the course was specific to the construction industry, so it was an ideal choice for the three AE Smith employees.

Perfect Fit

“Lend Lease is a significant player in the Australian construction industry and by virtue of the different projects we help them with around the country, also one of our biggest clients,” Nick said. “So this program is a perfect fit.

“The mandate was to conceive initiatives to improve on the Health and Safety management on Lend Lease sites and to present those initiatives to a panel for consideration.

“The guys were understandably nervous. But they represented both themselves and AE Smith exceptionally well.”

According to Daniel, the course has made him feel “a lot more confident” and better at identifying safety issues.

“AE Smith has a great safety culture and, I have always felt able to speak up,” he said, adding that the course’s focus on public speaking helped him feel more comfortable.

Safety Initiatives

The three AE Smith mechanical plumbers joined three separate groups to develop and present their initiatives to Lend Lease.

Daniel’s group developed a smart phone application to assist in identifying ‘intangible’ hazards. This was very well received by the panel and Daniel said it would be implemented on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (SCPUH) site, as well as projects in Melbourne.

Grant’s group targeted health and fitness and their initiative involved improved site canteen options, subsidised personal training and organised team sports – rather than going to the pub each Friday after knock off. This was also well-received by the panel.

Peter’s group came up with an idea to improve induction and simplify paperwork and procedures. The panel was impressed and will investigate the implementation of this initiative further.

“The success of this program can be attributed to the collaboration and mutual benefit to AE Smith, Lend Lease and program participants,” concluded Nick.