Transmission industry safety winners announced

10 August 2012

Winners in the 2012 Transpower STAR Awards recognising achievement and excellence in safety in the electricity transmission industry were announced last night. The STAR Awards are open to all companies and individuals working on the New Zealand national grid high voltage transmission system.

“The winners have shown true leadership in lifting the visibility of safety throughout their organisations, and making important contributions to the industry through innovative design and work practices,” said Patrick Strange, CEO of Transpower.

The STAR Awards are part of a campaign to build safety into the transmission industry culture.  After the success of last year’s inaugural STAR awards, this initiative has become a key feature in Transpower’s calendar.

“The winners epitomise the fundamental shift in how we should approach safety.  Gone are the days where safety leadership comes solely from the top of an organisation,” said Patrick.

“It is much more effective for leadership to come from the heart and from the workplace than it is via the notice board and the rule book. The 105 nominations for the STAR Awards show that we’re making good progress towards this shift in safety culture.”


Best Safety by Design for Projects or Maintenance

Winner: Transpower, AECOM, Beca and Transfield for the Haywards Synchronous Condenser Refurbishment Project

Best Safety and Health Performance – Team

Winner:  Scott Meehan, Bernie Vorster, Peter Wooler from Fulton Hogan for the Waipuna Bridge Project

Best Safety and Health Leadership – Individual

Winner: Craig Moore, Project Site Manager for Transfield Services, for work on the Oteranga Bay – Haywards Reconductoring Project

Top Depot or Office

Winner: Ashhurst Engineering and Construction

Top Project – Safety and Health Maintenance

Winner: Electronet for the Bealey River Realignment Project

Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Sam Keeley, Electrix

Best Safety Innovation

Winner: Benmore – Haywards Clearance Review Project Team - Electrix and Transpower


STAR Awards 2012 - Winners [ pdf 1.49 MB ]