To better their understanding of the risks and challenges faced by the turf maintenance industry, epar General Manager Ben Gibson volunteered with the Course Maintenance team at this year’s 2016 Australian Open.
Working different shifts with a range of Royal Sydney staff and other volunteer turf professionals from around the globe, the tournament provided hurdles unlike any other in terms of logistics and planning.
“It was impressive to see how seriously the team at Royal Sydney take their risk and safety management obligations. Team welfare was paramount, even with the incredible pressure and demands that were put on the facility. Many talk the talk, but the team at Royal Sydney walk the walk” – Ben Gibson
All staff and volunteers were inducted to the event and site and a complex network of rolling theoretical and practical equipment and machinery competencies were completed on the Sunday prior to the event. Not one team member used a piece of equipment they had not been trained on.