Electricity retailer recognised for safety initiative


Friday, 02 June, 2017

Electricity retailer recognised for safety initiative

The Safeguard NZ Workplace Health and Safety Award has been won by King Country Energy (KCE).

The company was awarded for its health and safety initiative, which focused on keeping its meter readers safe by using a detailed, four-pronged safety approach.

“It’s a true credit to the commitment our staff give to health and safety initiatives at KCE and will continue to give in order to keep everyone safe,” said KCE CEO Rob Foster.

“We have five full-time and five part-time meter readers who travel over 250,000 km per year to 16,000 residential, commercial and farming locations. Our meter readers face risks every day while out on the job.

“We have a responsibility to ensure we do everything within our power to minimise these risks. I’m very proud of the work the team has done with designing and implementing this health and safety initiative, and ensuring we are doing the best job possible.”

KCE’s winning initiative involved identifying risks, developing a hazard risk register specific to its meter readers and making changes to how new meter readers are inducted at KCE.

KCE has operated in the King Country area for over 50 years and has an expanding customer base across the central North Island.

The awards, held at SkyCity Auckland, are New Zealand’s only nationwide all-sector health and safety awards.

The category was open to any small business in New Zealand undertaking an initiative that shows how they have overcome health and safety challenges within the context of having fewer resources than larger organisations.

2017 was the 13th year of the Safeguard New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards, which celebrate the organisations and people dedicated to improving health and safety outcomes.

KCE is the King Country’s leading electricity retailer. Its head office is in Taumarunui.

Image caption: KCE staff at the 2017 Safeguard New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards: Lace McCool, Kayla Gubb, Chris Fincham, Sandra McKenzie, Sue Burton, Rob Foster, Alex Polaschek, Matt Van Rooyen and Sande Jansen.

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