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Meet Dave Young


Northern Health and Safety Manager.

Job description: 

In charge of the Health & Safety of the workers at the northern part of the project.

Work background: 

I started in the industry in the UK in the 1970s worked as a Site Manager before working with the military in Antarctica, Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and Hong Kong. I have worked in Health and Safety in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands for the past 11 years. 

Favourite part of job: 

When everybody goes home without getting hurt at work.

Least favourite part of job: 

When we have an accident on the worksite.

What I am working on now: 

I am looking at how we can improve the way we do things to make a potentially dangerous workplace a safer one.

A quick story about a job well done: 

The jobs that require a lot of planning are always satisfying when they are finished without problems. They are all part of the overall job, that when finished, will be a job well done. 

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

I once had to go to a remote mountain to issue a permit for some works. I flew in on a helicopter the day before Christmas Eve for a two hour visit. The weather conditions changed and I was stuck there for four days with no fresh food, no TV or radio and worst of all no toilet. ‘Merry Christmas’ - Learning don’t rely on Mother Nature she is always unpredictable.

  • Diploma in Construction Health & Safety Management (RSH)
  • Diploma in Site Management Studies (CIOB)
  • Certificate in Construction Site Safety (Unitec)
  • Queensland Health and Safety Management (Building and Construction)
  • NZ registered trainer and assessor
  • OSH accredited Auditor (NZSC)
Interests outside work: 

Travel, cars and trying to fix them up, skiing, movies.

Meet Dave Young the Northern Health an Safety Manager for the Well Connected Alliance. Image: NZTA.