Annual Safe Work Australia Awards
Excellence in work health and safety was recognised at a national level when the winners of the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Old Parliament House on 29 April 2013.
Twenty-nine finalists from across Australia competed for this year’s awards.
Finalists of each of the national award categories were winners of their respective category in their 2012 state, territory, Seacare or Comcare .
- The winners
- Meet the finalists
- Media release
- Photographs from the 8th annual awards
8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards winners and highly commended
Category 1 - Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System
This award recognises demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of workplace health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach.
Origin Alliance (QLD)
Origin Alliance was awarded Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System for their safety approach in the delivery of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Dinmore to Goodna Project. Their focus on training, awareness and accountability in the road safety industry led to an improvement in the broader safety culture and behaviours. Thanks to the Alliance’s effective safety management systems Origin Alliance delivered the Dinmore to Goodna Project six months early, 10 percent under budget and with no major safety incidents.
Veolia Transport Perth Pty Ltd (WA)
Veolia Transport Perth (Veolia) was highly commended for the company’s work health and safety system which identifies all hazards unique to their workplace and undertakes risk assessments to identify the ideal management of these risks. Their well-integrated system takes a broader to safety with the success not only measured by lost time injury rates but compliance, staff feedback, participation and evaluation of the improvements.
Category 2 - Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue
This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing a solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue. Entries for this award may include a product solution, design/engineering innovation, training program, awareness raising activity or other risk control measure that reduces the risk of work-related injury and disease.
Agi-Kleen Pty Ltd (NSW)
Agi-Kleen was awarded Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue for their development of a safer, faster and more cost effective method of cleaning and maintaining concrete agitator bowls.
The development of the robotic non-entry concrete removal system allowed Agri-Kleen to eliminate the need for personnel to physically enter the agitator removing the dangerous safety risks concrete workers would normally be exposed to.
Sinclair Knight Merz and Balfour Beatty UGL (WA)
Sinclair Knight Merz and Balfour Beatty UGL was highly commended for their solution which allows for the erection and assembly of towers without manhandling sections into position. The joint venture’s solution was innovative and effective in significantly removing risks in a high risk environment.
Category 3 - Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice/s in a Small Business
This award recognises high standard workplace health and safety practices in a small business. This category is limited to small businesses that have fewer than 20 employees or full-time equivalents.
Zemek Engineering Pty Ltd (QLD)
Zemek Engineering was awarded joint winner for Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice/s in Small Business for developing the dipper handle rotation system. The system eliminates staff’s exposure to a number of risks while working on electrical shovel dipper handles.
The system has resulted in a reduction in dangerous hazards for workers, elimination of working at unsafe heights and a decline in the number workers twisting their upper body.
Temtrol Technologies was awarded joint winner for Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice/s in Small Business for showing what can be achieved in a small business to improve safety.
The streamlined system is compliant with Australian Standard 4801, is tailored to the organisation’s core business tasks , has achieved lower injury rates and improved the quality of health and safety information passed on to new workers.
Category 4a - Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety—by an employee
This award recognises individuals who have made an exceptional difference to health and safety. It is for an employee like a health and safety representative.
Harold Roeding – Department of Primary Industries (VIC)
Harold Roeding was awarded Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety for his work as Health and Safety Representative for the Mornington designated work group for the past seven years.
Harold is a truly passionate advocate of work health and safety and has been instrumental in changing the work health and safety culture by shifting workers’ perceptions of health and safety from a hassle to a ‘safety first’ perspective.
Category 4b - Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety—by a Work Health and Safety Manager
This award recognises individuals who have made an exceptional difference to health and safety. It is for an outstanding contribution by a work health and safety manager or a person with responsibility for work health and safety as part of their duties.
Paul Gear - Gold Coast City Council (QLD)
Paul Gear, Manager of Operational Performance was awarded Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety—by a Work Health and Safety Manager for his motivation to champion cultural change and implement a new safety system at Gold Coast Water.
With more than 800 staff spanning three major regions of south-east Queensland Paul strived to create a positive safety culture by influencing management, providing training and resources and effectively communicating with, coaching and mentoring all areas of the organisation.
Megan Evans - Department of Human Services (Comcare)
Megan Evans, Work Health and Safety Advisor for the Department of Human Services was awarded highly commended for her considerable work and commitment to get work health and safety on the agenda at the Department. She was instrumental in initiating work in the Department to identify and assess customers who might by predisposed to occupational violence and implement customer management plans to reduce that risk. This included developing emergency management plans designed for occupational violence risks.