Trades Apprentice Challenge
Taranaki Construction Safety Group organise the annual Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge event. This practical and interactive competition tests the safety knowledge and skills of trades apprentices from local trades and construction industries. The competition consists of a range of practical challenges, each lasting 20 minutes, focusing on safety topics such as working at heights, road safety, fire safety, manual handling, home safety, physical fitness and electrical safety. The activities are run by local safety groups and construction companies.
Winners receive the Master Builders Apprentice Safety Trophy. The success of this event first held in 2009 led to the Challenge becoming an annual event. It has drawn comment from a number of outside agencies and was awarded the 3M Safety Award in 2010.
The Trades Apprentice Safety Challenge has been identified by the Department of Labour as an example of good practice in industry leadership in the "WHSS Snapshot of Progress 08/09 - Outcome 3".
Two video clips showing the kinds of activities covered during the Trades Apprentice Challenge can be seen below. The first video clip was taken from the 2009 Challenge and the second was from the 2010 Challenge.
Trades Apprentice Challenge 2009
Trades Apprentice Challenge 2010