Graduate wants to make NZ forestry workplaces safer

Friday 18 Dec 2020

SIT graduate Aaron Quinlan had a tough year. Quinlan, from Kaikohe, had never been further south of New Plymouth before making the trip to Invercargill to take part in graduation ceremonies last Friday. He completed a diploma in workplace health and safety management.

Working in forestry it was the numerous accidents he had witnessed, including his own, that motivated him to study. Quinlan was injured when “breaking out”, and the cable carrying wood up the hill snapped.

WorkSafe advised him to study while he recovered and started his diploma through SIT2LRN. He had friends who died working in forestry, and he wants to give back to the bush. He hopes to get a job as a health and safety auditor in forestry.

In total 515 students graduated on Friday. Diploma, degree and postgraduate graduation ceremonies were held for students in both Invercargill and Queenstown. SIT acting chief executive Maree Howden said it was especially thrilled to be holding the graduation ceremonies considering the disruptions to study this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source & Photo: Stuff

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