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Company:M2PP Alliance – Fletcher Construction, Wellington
Project:Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, Kapiti Coast
Role:Senior H & S Advisor
The McKays to Pekapeka (M2PP) project was a $630m roading project on the Kapiti Coast. The project was delivered by the M2PP Alliance, and Fletcher Construction’s Sarah McDonald held the role of Lead Operational Advisor for the project’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) team.
A key component of that role was to develop a strong HSW culture across the numerous teams assembled to deliver the 18km long expressway. A significant challenge given that there were up to 600 people working on site at any time, and the significant environmental and operational risks associated with a construction project of this magnitude. Creating a consistency in HSW processes and expectations across the project’s three construction zones, and two precast yards, was required.
The M2PP Alliance invested $1.5m into the creation of comprehensive HSW programmes that Sarah developed and put in place. The scale of HSW inductions and ongoing training required was immense, with 5100 people delivering over five million working hours across the project’s lifetime. Sarah not only delivered the extensive induction training, she provided regular toolbox events and information forums, all of which were designed to achieve compliance and to install a genuine culture change to all teams.
Sarah became respected amongst the team as not only a valuable coach, but as a HSW mentor to all. In Sarah’s own words “building and implementing culture is so rewarding; particularly when your HSW initiatives are being; bred, implemented, owned, and driven from our ground staff.”
One of the elements of Sarah’s performance that impressed the Judges, was that she implemented several key initiatives that could be successfully adapted for use by the wider construction sector.