2018 Safest Place to Work Awards Announced

16 November 2018

New Zealand’s Safest Place to Work 2018 Announced


Above: 2018 Safest Place to Work Winners - Turfrey

From Left: Brad Turfrey (Managing Director), Rich Hutchinson (General Manager), Ashley Zachan (Health & Safety Manager)

North Island based construction company Turfey has been announced New Zealand’s Safest Place to Work for 2018 at the Safest Place to Work Awards sponsored by Trade Me Jobs.

Turfrey won the large enterprise award against strong contenders including TVNZ, Housing New Zealand and Genesis Energy, and then won the supreme award after a strong challenge from other supreme award finalists White Island Tours Ltd, which took out the small business category, and Coop Money NZ which won the medium sized business award. 

The Safest Place to Work Awards is a new initiative from leading cloud based health and safety software provider Safe365 and backed by Trade Me Jobs, AdviceFirst, Health and Safety Association NZ and the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management. The awards considered data from over 1200 organisations and recognize those who demonstrate all round high levels of risk management capability, leadership, employee engagement and a mature culture in making sure people are healthy, safe and well at work every day.

Jeremy Wade, Head of Jobs at Trade Me Jobs believes the awards initiative is a great concept. "Workplace health & safety is extremely important to us at Trade Me Jobs. All kiwi workers should feel confident that they are working in a healthy, safe and compliant environment. These awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate business' that are top of their class for workplace safety."

In a moving acceptance speech at the awards event held in Auckland on 15th November, Brad Turfrey, Managing Director of Turfrey, the 2018 Safest Place to Work Supreme Award winners said that the recognition was much appreciated after a sustained period of focus on this critical aspect of his business. “We worked out a long time ago that construction and roofing work can be extremely risky work at times. We see our workers as our family. We care about them in that way. Every day we go about our work with a focus that our people go home safely to their other family every day.”

A number of innovation awards were also announced during the awards to recognize organsiations that had dared to be different in their approach to health and safety with a shifting focus to measuring and lifting capability and work culture from the more traditional ‘systems and processes’ based approaches to achieving health and safety outcomes.

2018 Safest Place to Work Awards - Innovation Award Winners:

  • Auckland Council – Local government innovation and leadership
  • Ngati Awa Group Holdings Ltd – Iwi innovation and leadership
  • Graham Dingle Foundation – Not for profit innovation and leadership
  • Housing New Zealand – Government innovation and leadership
  • Hawkes Bay District Health Board – Health innovation and leadership
  • Unitec Institute of Technology – Tertiary innovation and leadership
  • Genesis Energy – Enterprise innovation and leadership

Over the coming months, Safe365 will be capturing the stories of award winners and sharing content with the market as a means of inspiring kiwi businesses to understand and improve how they approach the health, safety and well being of their workforce. Safe365 Co-Founder & Director Mark Kidd says his company is about trying to ‘re-set the norm’s’. “There is a perception in the market among many businesses that doing health and safety well is cumbersome, costly and detracts from doing great business. We believe the opposite to be true and the 2018 Safest Place to Work Award finalists and winners are a testament that effective health, safety and well-being is achievable for all organisations, can be simple, easy, cost effective, and is great for business including strengthening employment brand, improved productivity, cost efficiency, client relationships and enhanced team culture.”



Safe365 is extremely appreciative of the support from our amazing event sponsors.


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