The Knauf team did us proud in the GBMA Safety Challenge that was held in New Zealand on 10 October 2019.
The team consisting of Leki Ofamooni from Altona and Sione Veamatahau and Andre Viane (both from Bundaberg) came 3rd in the Challenge, with GIB taking first place and USG Boral coming in second. Andre took first place in the individual Theory Course.
Sharon Brailey from the Heathwood Distribution Centre supported as the team coach.
“It was a great experience to participate in this year’s Safety Challenge. The competition was tough, but it was amazing to witness how the members of the Knauf team worked together. I was very proud to see how each of them gave it their all,” said Sharon.
The GBMA (Gypsum Board Manufacturers of Australasia) is the industry body for plasterboard manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand. Members include USG Boral, BGC, CSR, Knauf and Winstone Wallboards (GIB).
Each year a plasterboard manufacturer and member of the GBMA hosts the GBMA Safety Challenge, attended by the MDs of each company, the GBMA Safety Committee and event sponsors. The Challenge has been running for over 15 years and this year it was GIB’s turn to welcome 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 also tests how well the participants perform under pressure.
This year the Challenge, held in Auckland, included driving forklifts, theory and pre-op checks and other events like manual handling and emergency response.
“I think we all learned a lot, especially in terms of techniques we can use in our in-house training programs,” Sharon added.
“It’s clear that the safety behaviours displayed by participants and the competiveness of the event improve year on year, lifting the standard of safety in our industry.
“It was a big honour to represent Knauf at the competition. We will be back next year!”