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Scott's the go-to for health and safety

As Health and Safety Officer on Ryman's Devonport construction site, Scott Redmond is used to making sure all the right boxes are ticked for compliance purposes.

Now there's proof that Scott himself has ticked a few of the right boxes for what it takes to be a great health and safety officer, having become a Ryman Awards finalist in the Construction Team Member category.

Scott, or Scotty as he is known, which is very apt since he actually comes from Stranraer in Scotland, says he was 'pretty chuffed' when he found out he'd been nominated and turns to his native brogue to sum up why he thinks he has excelled.
"I just gie it laldy!" he laughs. "It's a phrase in Scotland that means give it your all.
"And that's what I try to do, I always put my head down and work hard."

A carpenter by trade, Scotty came to New Zealand for a change of scene armed with excellent health and safety qualifications and having worked on both residential and commercial builds.

After a stint working on earthquake repairs in Christchurch, the 30-year-old joined Ryman Healthcare on 4 April 2016 on the Birkenhead site.
"That was the day the new Health and Safety at Work Act kicked in," says Scotty, appreciating the synchronicity.
Project Manager Matt Hutchinson had seen there was a need for the role and was impressed by Scotty's cv. He noticed the difference on site straightaway.

"There was an immediate lift in the site's abilities and performance in the health and safety area. He picks things up quickly, he's got attention to detail and he's not afraid to question. He's also innovative. He has driven the introduction of Quipcheck into the onsite system. This is a phone app to help machine operators carry out plant and equipment checks on their machines on a daily basis. This has simplified and streamlined this process." says Matt.

Scotty says he sees himself as more of a coach than an enforcer on site and tries to pass on the knowledge at every opportunity. "I like to delegate tasks to empower the boys a bit so they feel responsible for health and safety. I try to get them involved with the health and safety inspections and with the pre-start meetings and just educate them on what to look out for. It's not just Ryman's own staff that he advises, but the many contractors who come on site too. I'm always on site if they need advice," he says.

Not surprisingly, Scotty's been sent down the line to Ryman sites in Pukekohe, Gisborne and Greenlane to help with advising and training on best health and safety practice. Having worked on three tower crane set-ups he is now Ryman's go-to man on cranes!

When asked what qualities he thinks are needed for the role, he says: "A knowledge of construction, always thinking ahead, and the communication needs to be thorough. Well it might be thorough but he acknowledges he's had to soften his broad Scottish accent to make communications a little easier to understand! "I'd say my bit at the Toolbox meetings and then one of the guys would have to translate!" he laughs.

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