2013 Work Safety Awards Western Australia announced

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The five winners of the prestigious 2013 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning.

Technology Assisting Disability WA, WA Police, Centurion, Joseph Dunbar and Michael Garstone are the winners of the award categories and will now be entered into the national Safe Work Australia Awards.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems being developed in WA.

“These awards provide the opportunity for innovative Western Australians to gain national recognition for their achievements,” Mr McCulloch said.

“They recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovation in both public and private sector workplaces in WA that reduce the risk of work-related injury and disease.

“Awards such as these are all about encouraging best practice in safety and health, and the winners are leading the way by making a significant contribution to making WA workplaces safer.”

Winners of the national Safe Work Australia Awards will be announced April 2014.

“Each of the category winners of the 2013 Work Safety WA Awards is a very worthy winner, and each now has the opportunity for their achievements to be recognised across Australia,” Mr McCulloch said.

“I heartily congratulate the winners, along with everyone else who nominated for the Awards, and encourage businesses of all sizes to nominate for the 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia.”


Winners of the Work Safety Awards WA 2013

Best safety and health management system in the private sector

Winner:  Technology Assisting Disability WA

With a diverse workforce of disabled and able-bodied volunteers and staff, Technology Assisting Disability WA faced the challenge of protecting workers with a wide range of physical capabilities and needs.

Management installed a range of customised work stations and workshop areas as well as specialised equipment to ensure everyone was working in a healthy and positive environment.

Best safety and health management system in the public sector

Winner:  Western Australia Police

In 2005, WA Police’s Corporate Executive created an Occupational Safety and Health Branch dedicated to making safety and health a priority.

Specialist OSH staff have worked to improve the policies, procedures, training and risk action plans that now form the foundation of WA Police’s Safety Management System.

Best solution to an identified workplace safety and health issue

Winner:  Centurion

Centurion manages and transports more than 5000 heavy mobile equipment tyres weighing up to four tonnes each, and it has successfully developed a specialised tyre trailer.

From a safe 30 metres away, a worker can load tyres via the trailer’s sophisticated system of tyre handling equipment and remote-controlled hydraulic arms.


Best workplace safety and health practices in small business

Winner:  No finalists in this category

Best individual contribution to workplace safety and health (with no formal OSH responsibilities)

Winner:  Joseph Dunbar, Cooper & Oxley

As the company’s site safety representative for the Butler Train Station project, Joseph has been the driving force for improving and achieving practical safety outcomes, introducing an extensive safety inspection checklist to monitor and control high-risk tasks and improved processes for start-up and toolbox meetings.

One of his achievements is the company’s iPad application that provides up-to-date information on safety controls and site conditions.

Best individual contribution to workplace safety and health (with formal OSH responsibilities)

Winner:  Michael Garstone, Southern Cross Electrical Engineering

As HSE Advisor for this electrical construction company, Michael has been instrumental in establishing a safety and health culture for the Southern Cross Yandi Rio Tinto iron ore expansion projects and the achievement of a 12-month injury-free period.

He has driven many safety initiatives such as establishing incident reporting, resolution processes and on-site safety training, and his practical hazard solutions have seen work methods improve and injuries reduce.


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Media release
25 Oct 2013

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