Annual Safe Work Australia Awards

 

9th annual Safe Work Australia Awards

Winners announced at the Safe Work Australia Awards

The 9th annual Safe Work Australia Awards ceremony were held at Old Parliament House in Canberra on Monday
28 April 2014. This year, 37 finalists from a range of industries competed across the four categories. These finalists are winners from the 2013 state and Comcare awards.

The annual Safe Work Australia Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in work health and safety at a national level.

9th 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. View all the finalists from category 1

Winner

VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd
VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd is recognised as a leader in bridge design and construction, road and rail work, civil construction, water infrastructure and steel fabrication services in Tasmania. They were awarded winners in Category 1 for their outstanding health and safety management system. The VEC management team are committed to making safety a significant business driver and use innovative ideas to encourage and engage staff in workplace safety.

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.View all the finalists from category 2

Winner

Frasers Livestock Transport (QLD)
Frasers Livestock Transport (Frasers) is a family company that transports around four million head of livestock across nine million kilometres of eastern Australia each year. Frasers stood out amongst the 11 finalists in this category for developing an original and comprehensive solution to a complex issue. To minimise the risks associated with cross-loading, they researched, designed and custom built the Cross-loading Module. The Module eliminates risks in a high risk industry and has resulted in dramatic improvements to safety and productivity.

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.View all the finalists from category 3

Winner

Zetco Valves Pty Ltd (NSW)
Zetco Valves (Zetco) is a nationwide distributor of valves, specialising in importing and distributing heavy metal valves for plumbing and industrial applications. Demonstrating that business of all sizes can make a difference, Zetco took out the small business category for taking initiative to put in place technology solutions which larger organisations have failed to. Their clever solutions have reduced risks associated with daily manual handling tasks and have helped them achieve a significant increase in productivity.

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.View all the finalists from category 4 - contribution by a work health and safety manager

Joint winner

Jedda McGlinchey – Ambulance Victoria (VIC)
Jedda McGlinchey has been a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for five years and is based at the Sunshine branch in West Melbourne. Jedda is a young and dynamic Health and Safety Representative who is making her mark in improving paramedic working conditions. Jedda has been awarded joint winner in category 4a for her persistence and perseverance to achieve significant work health and safety outcomes for her co-workers. Jedda worked tirelessly to have her branch moved from an unsafe building and spent months successfully negotiating to have a new premises built for her branch.

Joint winner

Rodney Cook – Northcoast Institute of TAFE (NSW)
Rodney Cook has worked for Northcoast TAFE for many years in various high risk areas. He was awarded joint winner in category 4a for his instrumental efforts to improve the safety and welfare of staff, students and visitors of the TAFE. Work health and safety is not part of Rodney’s usual responsibilities but he strives to make it a priority not only in his workshop and store room but right throughout the TAFE. He is a well-respected and passionate employee who is very deserving of this prestigious award.

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.View all the finalists from category 4 - contribution by a work health and safety manager

Winner

Jennifer Bell – RSPCA QLD (QLD)
Jennifer Bell is the Injury Management Coordinator for RSPCA Qld. Jennifer stood out in Category 4b for her many extraordinary contributions to improve RSPCA’s work health and safety performance. In an organisation, which by its very nature often puts animals before the safety of people, Jennifer has worked tirelessly to move RSPCA Qld away from a reactive work health and safety system to a proactive risk based system. Whilst initially employed as the Injury Management Coordinator, Jennifer has taken on the role of work health and safety manager, helping to positively change the safety culture at RSPCA Queensland.

Highly commended

Phyllip Bix – Department of Justice (VIC)
Phyllip Bix is the Health and Safety Officer for Grampians Regional Prison. Phyllip has been awarded a highly commended in Category 4b for going above and beyond his regular role to make work health and safety a priority. He worked tirelessly with a committee to develop a comprehensive health and wellbeing program for new and existing employees. He has a caring attitude, is proactive and a great example of a health and safety leaders.

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