Established in 1993 and based in Alstonville in northern NSW, Sailfish Catamarans builds aluminium boats. From a staff of two producing five boats a year, the company has grown to a staff of 19 full time tradesmen and apprentices building about 30 custom-built catamarans a year. Today, it is a successful manufacturing and exporting business.
The company is proud of its young workforce and employs a new apprentice every year – and from day one a safety culture is embedded. New employees are taught the company’s values, what they will learn, work ethic and workplace expectations. This, coupled with a no bullying policy and apprentice buddy system, allows everyone to understand and own their responsibilities in the workplace.
The owner, Darren Foster, says "the company has undergone significant cultural change in its commitment to health and safety. There is now an open door policy with all senior management regarding health and safety issues and daily tool box talks in which all managers participate".
The company’s consultation process recently resulted in new equipment being introduced to address risks associated with working at heights.
Today, Sailfish Catamarans boasts a dynamic workforce that is committed to safety.