Apprentice Safety Challenge 2018
This year was the tenth anniversary of the annual Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event. Organised by the Taranaki Construction Safety Group, this competition tests the safety knowledge and skills of trade apprentices from local trades and construction industries.
The competition consists of a range of practical challenges focusing on safety topics such as first aid, fire safety, working at heights, physical fitness, violence prevention, road safety, and manual handling. The activities are run by local safety groups and construction companies. This year, NPiS and the Taranaki Rural Support Trust ran an activity on mental health and wellbeing.
The winners of this year’s event were A Team Anzco and Armatec, followed by TCM and Clem Electrical in second place. The third place winners were Fonterra Mechanical. The winners received the Master Builders Apprentice Safety Trophy, presented by New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom and Methanex CEO Brian Ropotini.
The success of this event, first held in 2009, led to the Challenge becoming an annual event. It has drawn comment from a number of outside agencies and was awarded the 3M Safety Award in 2010.
Alison Pitman of Be Safe Taranaki was one of the people instrumental in developing the Apprentice Safety Challenge concept and getting it off the ground. A partner of the NPiS Trust, BeSafe Taranaki supports and promotes health and safety training and initiatives in Taranaki. Alison has now stepped down from the planning group and the NPiS Trust to pursue new challenges. NPiS would like to express their gratitude to Alison for the commitment, innovation and expertise she has brought to health and safety over many years.