WA companies recognised for excellence in workplace safety

Two WA companies have been highly commended for their achievements in work safety and health at the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards held last week at Old Parliament House, Canberra.

Nominations have now been called for the 2013 Awards for WA.

Veolia Transport Pty Ltd was recognised for its workplace safety and health management systems, while Sinclair Knight Merz with Balfour Beatty UGL was recognised for its solution to an identified workplace safety and health management issue.

Five finalists from WA were recognised at the event for their outstanding contributions to work safety and health. All finalists were winners of their respective categories at the 2012 Work Safety Awards Western Australia.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the WA finalists were terrific examples of the excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems being developed in WA.

"The Work Safety Awards Western Australia 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," Mr McCulloch said.

"Both Veolia Transport and the Sinclair Knight Merz – Balfour Beatty UGL joint venture have earned their high commendations at the National level for their commitment to creating a safe and healthy work environment for staff members, contractors and members of the public.

"They are already leading the way in WA, and their commitment has now been rewarded with Australia-wide recognition."

Twenty-nine finalists from across Australia were honoured at the Awards for safety initiatives ranging from solutions removing the risk of death to everyday systems keeping workers safe from common injuries like sprains and strains.

WorkSafe has now called for nominations for the Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2013.

The four Award categories for 2013 are:

  • Best workplace safety and health management system (private and public sector);
  • Best solution to an identified workplace safety and health issue;
  • Best workplace safety and health practices in small business; and
  • Best individual contribution to workplace safety and health (with or without formal OSH responsibilities).

Nominations open tomorrow, and will close on July 5. Category winners will be announced in October as part of Safe Work Month.

Mr McCulloch encouraged companies and individuals to consider nominating for this year's Awards to take advantage of the opportunity to have their achievements publicly recognised.

"Achievements in workplace safety and health – whether everyday individual achievements or large-scale initiatives – can be worthy of a Work Safety Award WA in 2013," he said.

"It is important that organisations are given the chance to celebrate their success together with their employees because everyone benefits from good workplace safety and health practice."

Awards criteria for the Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2013 can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafetyawards.

Media contact:
Caroline De Vaney
9327 8744 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only)
caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au
Follow @WorkSafeWA on Twitter.

WorkSafe
Media release
07 May 2013

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