Keeping safe and smart pays off for firm

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 15:04 15/08/2012
Gill Hoskin, Dave Hoskin and Lesley MacDonald
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FOCUS ON SAFETY: Gill Hoskin, left, Dave Hoskin and Lesley MacDonald from Ashhurst Engineering and Construction have won an award for their health and safety work around electricity.

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A focus on preventing electrical disasters has led a Manawatu business to multiple awards.

Ashhurst Engineering and Construction (AEC) took out the top depot award at the Transpower Star Awards recently.

The awards were for businesses working in the power delivery field, with a focus on safety.

The company also won the health and safety award at the Manawatu Business Awards last year.

Co-owner Dave Hoskin said one staff member at the business worked solely on health and safety, and the business had been ramping up its efforts in the past couple of years.

The company has 10 fulltime staff dedicated to working on wind turbines.

"The work we do you would consider as reasonably high-risk," Mr Hoskin said.

"One of the key focuses is making sure staff are trained and have the right equipment, and are competent to do the work we are undertaking," he said.

In the past five years, AEC had enjoyed remarkable growth, which Mr Hoskin said was partly due to keeping staff safe.

Making an effort to be sustainable - "here tomorrow" - was also key, he said.

"It's about the smart use of resources."

Growth had come from picking up work outside the region.

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- Manawatu Standard

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