Soon off to New Zealand to represent Knauf in the GBMA Safety Challenge will be Leki Ofamooni from Altona, Sione Veamatahau and Andre Viane (both from Bundaberg) together with Sharon Brailey from the Heathwood Distribution Centre accompanying them as team coach.
The event will take place on Thursday 10 October in Auckland, New Zealand.
The team was recently selected after participating in a training day at the Heathwood centre.
The GBMA (Gypsum Board Manufacturers of Australasia) is the industry body for plasterboard manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand. Members include Knauf, BGC, CSR, USG Boral and Winstone Wallboards (GIB).
Each year a plasterboard manufacturer and member of the GBMA hosts a GBMA Safety Challenge, and this year it is GIB’s turn to welcome all the participants on the big day.
The Safety Challenge is an opportunity to demonstrate participants’ skills and experience in operating forklifts and conducting other work tasks safely. It will also be a test of how well the participants perform under pressure, because the pressure will certainly be on!
The Challenge includes driving forklifts, theory and pre-op checks and other events like manual handling and emergency response.
“We are excitedly looking forward to the Challenge,” said team coach Sharon. “We are well prepared and hoping to do our best. It’s a big honour to represent Knauf at the competition.”
Forklifts represent one of the highest safety risks in the industry and safety for drivers and pedestrians is critical.
Good luck to the team!