A PASSION for being involved in promoting health and safety in building was the driving force behind Wattle Grove resident George Allingame being appointed as a member of the Order of Australia.
Mr Allingame, a founding director of construction and property development group Pindan, was recognised for his significant service to the building and construction industry across the state.
With more than 40 years in the industry, Pindan’s founding chief executive officer has held several titles at organisations including the president of the Master Builders Association WA (MBAWA) and chair of the WA Commission for Occupational Safety and Health.
He was also acknowledged for his involvement in providing trainee scholarships through the Central Institute of Technology and Curtin University, as well as constructing a charity home in 2015 in South Guildford with proceeds from the sale going to Parkerville Children and Youth Care.
In four decades, Mr Allingame said he had seen plenty of changes within the industry, especially in relation to training around health and safety.
“Now all participants need to do mandatory health and safety training before working on site, and that training is part of apprenticeships,” he said.
“Such training was non-existent 40 years ago.
“Health and safety is most important to the construction industry which, unlike say a factory, is an ever-changing work environment and continuous vigilance and adherence to the Project Risk Management System is essential.”
Mr Allingame said he was driven to promote health and safety, and be part of several boards, to make a difference in and add value to communities.
“I like being involved in community things and I think people should give back more to the community because so many people can benefit from it.
“You probably receive more in return than you give out and by being part of your community you also get to meet some great likeminded people.”