2019 Winner: PowerNet line mechanics with the pole grab (top) and a PowerNet team securing the pole for climbing.

The EEA Workplace Safety Award is open to all ESI safety stakeholders including the generation, networks, field contracting, consulting and equipment supplier sectors of the electricity supply industry. 

The Award is to recognise excellence in health and safety including achievement or contribution to workplace safety by an organisation or individual. The award will be presented at the EEA Conference.

The award recognises initiatives to:
  1. Promote safety excellence in the electricity supply industry workplace.
  2. Raise awareness and ownership of health and safety issues and practices in the work place.
  3. Reduce accidents in the electricity supply industry.
  4. Encourage staff to participate in improving safety practices and procedures.
  5. Publicise ideas, procedures and training which provide for a higher standard of safety in our industry; and encourage debate on safe working procedures within industry and each company.
Entries may cover:
  • Development of new or improved types of safety equipment.
  • Development and implementation of new or improved safety methods, practices, procedures or design attributes
  • Ways of encouraging a positive safety messaging and staff participation in working safely.
  • Significant industry workplace safety performance.
  • Any other new aspect or suggestion which conforms to the Objectives set out above.


The Award consists of a trophy and a cash prize of $500 NZD

  1. The effectiveness of identification of the problem and the need for change.
  2. The extent of commitment in development and implementation.
  3. The effectiveness of the impact or outcome of the achievement in the workplace.
  4. The extent of integration of the achievement with other management systems in the organisation.
  5. The suitability of the achievement or contribution for wider application to industry.
  6. Compliance with all relevant statutory requirements.
  7. Evidence of achievement. Where possible, external verification of the achievement should be provided.

The judging panel will comprise of the EEA President (or nominee), the Chief Executive, WorkSafe (or nominee), and EEA's Safety Standards and Procedures Group (SSPG) Chair.


You will need to provide information to showcase your entry. This requires a little work but it is important we have this information to help our judging panel select the winner and to showcase the runner ups. The judging panel may contact you directly for more information.

The submission should provide a descriptive summary and give us the details and supporting information/data around the issue(s), key attribute(s), action(s) and factors you believe have contributed toward your successful safety outcome and demonstrating how the entry meets the judging criteria.

It should also include:

  • Diagrams and explanatory text and any published reviews or critiques undertaken by independent parties.
  • Supporting visual/multimedia material which could include up to 1-6 high quality colour images either in jpg or tif format, or clearly labelled photographs; and/or up to 25 seconds of mpg video file or automated PowerPoint presentation.
  • Sign-off by a member of the organisation's senior management team, or referee where appropriate.

Entries for 2024 will open shortly, please watch this space.

Online form for your entry - please ensure you have your attachments ready


The entrant accepts and agrees to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The award is open to all New Zealand electricity supply industry organisations and individuals, including, but not limited to: asset owners, contractors, consultants, equipment suppliers or others in the generation, network or electricity retail sectors.
  2. The entrant has obtained the permission of all relevant parties to proceed with the entry.
  3. The entrant gives permission to use any of the material provided for publicity and promotional purposes.
  4. The number of copies requested will be provided, and should further information be requested, this will be provided by the date specified.
  5. Should the entrant be announced as a finalist, the entrant must attend, and meet the costs of attending, the formal awards presentation at the EEA Conference.
  6. The entrant accepts that the judges' decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The judges undertake to observe the confidentiality of entries and to declare or avoid any possible conflict of interest.
  8. The judges reserve the right not to make an award where, in the judges' opinion, no entry of adequate standard has been received.

Previous Winners

2023 Winner - Unison Networks 'New Critical Risk Framework takes Unison's health & safety practices to new heights'

2022 Winner - PowerNet 'Staying Safe at Work - Everywhere Everyday'

2021 The Award was not presented 

2020 (No Awards presented due to COVID-19 and the subsequent cancellation of the EEA Conference)

2019 Winner - PowerNet 'Workplace Safety Innovation -The Pole Grab'

2019 Merit Award - WEL Networks 'WEL Educated - A New Approach to Safety Training'

2018 Winner - Mitton Electronet 'Virtual Reality for Site Induction Training'

2017 Winner - StayLive ' Alignment of WCP across the Generation Sector'

2016 Winner - Delta Utility Services 'Arc Flash Estimator Tool'

2015 Winner - Electrix Ltd 'Technical Distribution Guide'

2014 Winner - Unison Contracting Services 'Great Safety Performance Journey'

2013 Winner - Northpower 'Mobile Burns Unit'

2013 Merit - MainPower NZ Ltd '22kV Drop-out Fuse Extension Bracket'

2012 Winner - Northpower/Top Energy/Electrix/Transpower/EPMU 'Only You Have the Power to Change'

2012 Merit Award - Transpower 'Developing a Safety Culture'

2011 Winner - Top Energy 'Safety First' - Driving the Safety Culture Change

2011 Merit Awards - Unison Contracting 'Safe Working Near Electricity Education Session' Electrix Ltd

2010 Winner - Northpower 'Team Briefing Whiteboard'

2009 Winner - Siemens NZ Ltd 'Securing A Ladder in Storm Conditions'

2008 Winner - Connetics 'Responding to the Equipotential Zone Challenge'

2007 Winner - Transpower 'Transpower's Journey - Safety Culture to Safety Performance'

2006 Winner - Northpower 'Driving Safety Through Coaching - Northpower's Trade Coaches'

2005 Joint Winners:

  • Transfield Services E&T 'Safety Improvement Programme'
  • Siemens Energy Services 'A Safety Excellence Strategy'

In judging the 2005 submissions, the judging panel's comments were that all of the entries were of a very high quality and represented a serious and committed approach to excellence in safety management in our workplaces and in the wider public arena

2005 Merit Award - Connetics 'A Visual Communication Toolbox'

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