Meet Anton, our MD
Six quick questions - aimed at finding out a little more about the people you are dealing with. This time we have a chat with Anton, our dynamic MD, and learn a bit more about the management team.
"The key moment of jubilation for me is when I hear we have saved a life ..."
1. What made you decide to get into the roof access and fall protection business?
It was as a result of a friend needing some help with an installation of roof anchor points on a council building project in 2002. At that point we felt we had an opportunity to add value by providing improved roof access and fall protection systems.
2. Tell me about a typical day for you at Sayfa.
There is rarely a day that doesn't present some new challenge that needs the experience and collaboration of the team to come up with a solution. As a manager, it is my role to ensure we are doing what we say we do and to give the team the support and resources they require to deliver on our promise. This requires one on one sessions with the team and keeping close to the operations side of the company to ensure decisions we make are achievable by all.
"Our stakeholders want the assurance that they are dealing with a company that is progressive ..."
3. What do you feel is the biggest challenge that you face in your role?
My biggest challenge is to ensure we are maintaining the highest level of professionalism whilst achieving efficiencies in the workplace so that we are reporting satisfactory profitability. Our stakeholders want the assurance that they are dealing with a company that is progressive and is around for the long haul.
4. What is the thing that you most enjoy about your job?
The key moment of jubilation for me is when I hear that we have saved a life. To date we have six reported incidents that would have likely ended in death had it not been for the reliable performance of our systems. Our most recent life saved was earlier this year. A young tradesman installing an exhaust fan on a pitched roof lost his footing and would have certainly gone over the edge had he not been tethered to our 3Sixty anchor system.
"Gravity will always be around and that means fall protection is here to stay ..."
5. Looking out three to five years in the future, beyond the obvious trends, what do you think will be the next big change in the height safety industry?
This is a question that we are always asking ourselves, but one thing is clear, gravity will always be around and that means fall protection is here to stay! Our aim is to produce systems that are easier to use and are increasingly effective so that the chances of injury are even more reduced. The challenges of ensuring equipment is compatible with new building systems is also an area that we must be constantly aware of, however if it's a challenge, we will take it on!
6. What do you most enjoy doing when you have spare time away from work?
Family time for me is very important and rewarding. With my family growing up very quickly, it is difficult to allocate quality time that satisfies my four children ranging from 20 to 12. A family trip down to the coast for a BBQ and bike ride will often tick all the boxes, however our rainy Melbourne climate often throws a spanner in the works and we end up spending a small fortune at Chadstone Shopping Centre - unbudgeted that is!