Health and Safety

Health and safety is about more than processes and systems. It requires a culture that empowers colleagues to advocate for safer ways of working.

Our staff are proactive in delivering our health and safety strategy. Health and safety representatives and frontline staff are empowered to identify new and safer ways of doing things.

Health and safety is the number one priority for CentrePort in everything we do.

The bSafe reporting system has been driving innovation and improvement in ways of working, including a greater quality of reporting, and problem solving from the frontline.

Our staff are intervening, acting and making a difference. This is contributing to our goal to be a zero-harm workplace with fewer injuries than at any point in the past decade.

Health and safety enables efficiency and effectiveness, and most importantly, supports everyone getting home healthy and safe each day.

23 health and safety reps
4 months with no lost time injury
We were policemen, now we are partners - Paul Baptista, Health and Safety Manager

“The port is a dynamic environment and we need to make sure that everybody is focused on that. We're making those changes and we are seeing great progress. Everybody in the business is committed to making that happen. It's a journey and we continue to strive towards our goal of being a zero-harm workplace.”

Derek Nind, CEO, CentrePort

CentrePort can have up to 1,000 people on the ground at various times, including multiple Persons Conducting Business or Undertakings (PCBUs). All PCBUs working at CentrePort are put through a three-stage health and safety process.

In June 2019, CentrePort was sentenced and fined $506,048 in the District Court at Wellington for the death of Teihi Whaanga following a fall from a ladder. The team continue to think of Teihi every day and his legacy continues in the ongoing commitment to health and safety on the port.

Craig Riddell

Break Bulk Cargo supervisor

Dealing with complex cargo is one of the highlights of Craig Riddell’s job.

“One of the best parts of my job last year was working on a project for KiwiRail that involved unloading thousands of tonnes of steel rails. Each piece was 25 metres and required specialist handling equipment. Figuring out how to deal with complex and unfamiliar cargo is really challenging but rewarding.”

“The beams are not easy to stack and there are a bunch of risks involved so we had to ensure there was a big focus on safety, communication and teamwork between ourselves, C3 and KiwiRail. It’s a real credit to the team that it went so smoothly and efficiently.”

The 4,500 pieces of steel for KiwiRail, weighing 5,600 tonnes, were unloaded and moved onto rail wagons operating along Burma Road and out the north gate to a storage facility in Woburn, Lower Hutt.