It is with great sadness that I advise you of the death of one of our industry's finest - Harvey O'Sullivan.
Harvey had been battling cancer and passed away last night. He was a long-standing EEA Board Member, Secretary and then Chair of the EEA Safety Standards and Procedures Group (SSPG).
Harvey trained as a mechanical engineer and worked in the electricity industry for more than 40 years. He first joined the EEA in 1995 when we expanded our membership to include the generation and transmission sectors. At that time, he was the Technical Services Manager for ECNZ. His value as a safety/technical adviser, advocate and leader in industry was quickly recognised, and he was elected to the EEA Board in March 1996. He later moved to the consulting sector working in the generation, transmission, oil & gas and high hazard sectors. Throughout, his career Harvey showed a passion for working with people to improve health and safety and willingness to share his considerable knowledge, experience and wisdom with others.
Harveys contributions to the industry are immense and varied. He has been a leader, advocate, adviser, and strong supporter of industry safety best practice. He has been a pivotal contributor to the Safety Manual Electricity Industry (SMEI), EEA Work Practice guides, international and national standards, and reviewer of many EEA publications and other industry standards. Much of his contributions have been through his involvement with the Safety Standards and Procedures Group (SSPG) - he joined in 1996, was Secretary from 2001, and Chair since 2009. He also chaired the Generation Procedures Group (GPG).
Harvey will be remembered for his passion for health and safety, his dry sense of humour, patience, intellect, and his courage. A connoisseur of coffee, Shiraz wine and a traveller who knew the best restaurant in every town I ever visited with him!
His legacy… a safer industry.
"Kua hinga te Totara i te wao nui a Tane - The Totora has fallen in the forest of Tane"
Harvey's funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 29th January at Old St Pauls, 34 Mulgrave Street, Pipitea, Wellington from 3pm.