Working offshore is the bomb

We caught up with Steve Haddock of European Floor Toppings after a recent job at a brewery in Honiara, Solomon Islands.  

Steve says, “The days were very hot, and the work difficult. It's not rocket science, but there are some fundamental keys to success when you're working offshore.  Firstly we fuel up on a big breakie and ensure we’ve got plenty of cold water on-board. 
"What's critical is that the guys know exactly what’s expected, so we’re always discussing what we’re doing and why we’re doing it in a particular way - this is all part of training. Senior guys are looking over the shoulder of the young ones and mentoring.

"Site shut-downs on these jobs are often short, and work must be completed correctly on time – no excuses!  That’s when having a crew who’ve been given the right support, in a safe environment, saves my business time and money.  Plus it reduces risk and protects my reputation," says Steve.

We asked if, since putting the crew through their BCITO Resin qualification, he had noticed any positive effects.  Steve said,  “It’s good to recognise and reward the learning the guys are doing.  Individual's attitudes have changed and they step up to take ownership. Pride is another positive effect and willingness to get it right receives favourable comments from peers.  When Lance our BCITO training advisor assesses the guys, they do feel challenged, but it makes them realize what they’re doing is important - and suppliers care - they want to know that their products are being installed to spec.”

Steve says, "The typical working day in Honiara ends with the boys enjoying the hotel facilities. They’re pretty avid dive bombers and set about doing bombs out of trees, off rooftops - the higher, the better! Tommy, the local hotel owner, supplies cool refreshments and applauds the boy's efforts.  Most hotel managers would be horrified, but this is Honiara, it's different here.”

As at July 2018, 50 + resin flooring applicators throughout New Zealand are now either in training or qualified professionals.  That's close to 20% of the total population of applicators.  Are you qualified?

We would like to thank business owners like Steve Haddock for their commitment to the industry and their support of qualifications and training in the Resin Flooring sector.

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