For around 150 Safety Charter members who attended the quarterly event on 30 November, many came away ‘wowed’ and ‘emotional’ following the keynote presentation from Wiremu Edmonds.

Mr Edmonds told his compelling story of his family’s health and safety journey – touching the hearts of many in the room.

Near the end he asked Charter Steering Group members to stand and pledge their promise to ‘Stand in the Gap’ for their teams and organisations to make sure health and safety is a priority in everything they do.

It was an extremely powerful presentation for the final event of 2016.

The event was also a chance to announce the winner of the inaugural Safety Charter ‘Tidy Sites’ competition – going to Maiden Construction for their clever and simple use of health and safety signage.

Awarded the ‘tidiest site of 2016’ they were up against other finalists AJ Scott Construction and Southbase.

Charter Officer Libi Carr awarded the Maiden team with their certificates and unique trophy, saying the residential repair stood out because the team showed you don’t need fancy signs and lots of money to have really good practical health and safety on site.

Libi says the team made excellent use of spray paint, vivid markers and plywood – using simple resources to create a site where you cannot miss the health and safety message.

Well done guys!

Congratulations to Southbase and AJ Scott – the other two weekly winners for their excellent tidy sites. Also to all the signatories who entered the competition. The judges were extremely impressed by the high level of organisation on your sites.

Wiremu Edmonds asking the Safety Charter Steering Group members to pledge their promise to ‘Stand in the Gap’.

Charter Chair Graham Darlow congratulates Maiden Construction H&S Manager Dougal Holmes.

The Maiden Construction tidy site champions – with Charter Officer Libi Carr and Charter Chair Graham Darlow.