2018 Work Safety Awards Finalists

WorkSafe would like to congratulate the winners and finalists of the 2018 Work Safety Awards Western Australia.   These awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces.  

This year our finalist and winners have not only demonstrated their strong commitment to safety but have also developed some unique innovations and solutions to make workplaces safe.

There are six categories for the awards:

  • Best workplace safety and health management system
  • Safety and health invention of the year
  • Best solution to a specific workplace safety and health issue 
  • Best solution to a manual handling issue 
  • Best initiative to encourage worker engagement in safety 
  • Safety and health representative of the year

Finalists and winners of the Work Safety Awards 2018

Finalists and winners of the 2018 Work Safety Awards
Finalists and winners of the 2018 Work Safety Awards, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
Finalists and winners of the 2018 Work Safety Awards, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - WorkSafe

Best workplace safety and health management system

Finalists:

  • ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Bethesda Health Care
  • Probuild Construction Australia

Winner:  Bethesda Health Care

Bethesda Health Care is an independent acute surgical and specialist palliative care hospital.

Bethesda Health Care began using the WorkSafe Plan in 2011 as a way to assess their Safety and Health management system and implement improvement strategies aimed at reducing workplace injuries and diseases.

Bethesda has consistently achieved Platinum WorkSafe Plan status, most recently in November 2017. Bethesda Health Care is committed to the continuous improvement of safety and health performance, aiming to provide a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

Minister Bill Johnston presenting Melody Miles, Bethesda Health Care with the winning trophy for 'Best workplace safety and health management system'
Minister Bill Johnston presenting Melody Miles, Bethesda Health Care with the winning trophy for 'Best workplace safety and health management system', by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
Minister Bill Johnston presenting Melody Miles, Bethesda Health Care with the winning trophy for 'Best workplace safety and health management system', by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - WorkSafe

Safety and health invention of the year

Finalist:

  • Austin Engineering Ltd
  • Watertight Robotics Pty Ltd 

Winner: Watertight Robotics Pty Ltd 

Sediment accumulation in potable water storage can harbour unwanted pathogens.

Cleaning and inspection is currently undertaken by commercial divers or by draining the asset.

Watertight Robotics has custom built electronically powered crawling robots.

The use of robotic cleaning will not only revolutionise potable water asset maintenance, but will also have applications in other industries.

Watertight robotics - Winner of Category 2 Safety and health invention of the year
Watertight robotics - Winner of Category 2 Safety and health invention of the year, by Watertight Robotics
Watertight robotics - Winner of Category 2 Safety and health invention of the year, Image provided by Watertight Robotics

Best solution to a specific workplace safety and health issue

Finalists:

  • The Perth Mint Australia
  • TAMS Group
  • Villa Dalmacia Aged Care Services
  • Qantas Freight

Winner: Qantas

Qantas Freight is a subsidiary of Qantas and is responsible for the air cargo operations.

Following a fall from the joint container pallet lifter platform, the Qantas Freight team collaborated, designed and implemented a remote control solution.

This system allows the operator to work from the ground, effectively eliminating the risk of falls from height.

Qantas Freight - Winners of Category 3A "Best solution to a specific workplace safety and health issue'
Qantas Freight - Winners of Category 3A "Best solution to a specific workplace safety and health issue', by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
Qantas Freight - Winners of Category 3A "Best solution to a specific workplace safety and health issue' Image provided by Qantas Freight

Best solution to a manual handling issue

Finalists:

  • Complete Aviation
  • City of Kwinana
  • Perth Airport Pty Ltd  

Winner: Perth Airport Pty Ltd

Closing an airport runway is a complex process.

To mark the runway as closed, airports across the world use wide rubber strips, each strip weighing approximately 400 kilograms.

The team at Perth Airport began investigating the use of an alternate system and developed Lighted Runway Closure Markers.

These can be deployed and packed up by one person with minimal manual handling.

This solution is the first of its kind in Australia.

Perth Airport winners of  Category 3B - Best solution to a manual handling issue'
Perth Airport winners of Category 3B - Best solution to a manual handling issue' , by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
Perth Airport winners of Category 3B - Best solution to a manual handling issue' , Image provided by Perth Airport

Best initiative to encourage worker engagement in safety

Finalists: 

  • Buckby Contracting
  • GFWA Pty Ltd 

Winner: GFWA Pty Ltd

GFWA is a Perth-based geotechnical and foundation contractor with over forty years’ experience.

GFWA has focussed on bringing safety to the forefront of every decision by introducing the ‘Our Cultural Shift’ program.

This awareness drive has improved safety through significant investment in training and leadership, enabling GFWA to achieve significant milestones in their overall safety performance.

GFWA - Winners of Category 4, Best initiative to encourage worker engagement in safety
GFWA - Winners of Category 4, Best initiative to encourage worker engagement in safety, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
GFWA - Winners of Category 4, Best initiative to encourage worker engagement in safety, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - WorkSafe

Safety and health representative of the year

Winner: Scott City of Cockburn Scott Hunt was the first elected safety and health representative for Waste Collection Services at the City of Cockburn.

We’re told Scott lives and breathes safety, and is consistently looking for ways to improve and champion safety, not only for Waste Services but for the organisation as a whole.

 

Scott Hunt, City of Cockburn - Safety and health representative of the year, receiving his award from Minister Bill Johnston
Scott Hunt, City of Cockburn - Safety and health representative of the year, receiving his award from Minister Bill Johnston, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
Scott Hunt, City of Cockburn - Safety and health representative of the year, receiving his award from Minister Bill Johnston, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - WorkSafe
Winners of the Work Safety Awards 2018
Winners of the Work Safety Awards 2018, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - Worksafe
Winners of the Work Safety Awards 2018, by Department of Mines, Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety - WorkSafe

 

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