2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia announced

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The four winners of the prestigious 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital, St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Peter Minchin and Brian Pugsley are the winners of the Award categories.

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

“These awards 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.

“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.”

“I heartily congratulate all the very worthy winners, along with everyone else who nominated for the Awards, and encourage businesses of all sizes to nominate for the 2015 Work Safety Awards Western Australia.”


Best safety and health management system in the private sector

Winner:  St John of God Murdoch Hospital

A division of St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) and established in 1994, St John of God Murdoch Hospital provides health services for patients in Perth’s southern suburbs.

The hospital uses SJGHC’s Workplace Safety and Health Management System to achieve better work practices through continuous consultation and communication, targeted improvements, external and internal benchmarking and auditing.

Best solution to an identified workplace safety and health issue

Winner:  St John of God Subiaco Hospital

St John of God Subiaco Hospital, which provides health services for patients in Perth’s northern suburbs, tackled the hazard of moving heavy and awkward IV poles and pumps attached to beds in cramped conditions.

The result was Glidesafe, a dual rail system for moving poles that eliminates the risk of strain to staff who need to move the poles and reduces the risk of items falling from them.

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

Winner:  Peter Minchin, Karratha Supply Base Manager, Pentagon Freight Services

Pentagon Freight Services provides international project and general freight forwarding, customs brokerage and logistics services, and Peter manages its supply base in Karratha.

To manage the significant safety risks from multiple tenants and subcontractors at the supply base, Peter introduced a meeting and consultation plan that lead to an outstanding safety culture at the base.

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

Winner:  Brian Pugsley, National SHEQ Manager, Broad

Brian’s innovative approach to safety has promoted behavioural change and continuous safety improvement at Leighton Construction subsidiary Broad.

His initiatives include increasing workforce-to-management communication on safety, formation of a Health, Safety, Environment and Quality leadership team, increasing management visibility through site visits and increasing employee participation in safety through staff briefings and one-to-one enagagement.

Media contact: Caroline De Vaney 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only)


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31 Oct 2014

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