2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia winners announced

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The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning.

RAC WA, Fremantle Commercial Diving and The Lifting Company, Kimberley Ports Authority, City of Cockburn and Alison Marais are the winners of the Award categories.

DMIRS Acting Deputy Director General Safety Simon Ridge 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 recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, innovations and solutions in both public and private sector workplaces in WA that reduce the risk of work-related injury and disease,” Mr Ridge 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 and finalists, along with everyone else who nominated for this year’s Awards.”


Best workplace safety and health management system

Winner:  RAC WA

RAC has an integrated safety and health management system with commitment by the executive team and senior leaders and a positive and collaborative approach to risk management.

The system has focused on critical risks, workplace health and reducing the risk of injury in manual tasks.

RAC has consistently achieved WorkSafe Plan Platinum certification.

Safety and health invention of the year

Winner:  Fremantle Commercial Diving and The Lifting Company (joint award)

Fremantle Commercial Diving is a supplier of inshore and inland commercial diving services, where a key service is cleaning and inspecting water tanks.

These large tanks often have varied levels of fall prevention in place, and Fremantle Commercial Diving wanted to provide their workers with a reliable fall arrest and rescue system.

They consulted with The Lifting Company, and after significant research and development, the Skyhook Mark 4 was designed and built.  The Skyhook is a unique truck-mounted fall arrest and rescue system.

Best solution to a specific workplace safety and health issue

Winner:  Kimberley Ports Authority

The Kimberley Ports Authority is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Port of Broome, which required extensive refurbishment to the outer berth fender system.

Repair work was usually completed using an underdeck trolley system, but the repairs needed alternative access.

A fender platform was designed to eliminate hazards such as falls from heights, body stressing and trip hazards.

Best initiative to encourage worker engagement in safety and health

Winner:  City of Cockburn

City of Cockburn developed the ‘Three Courages’ safety philosophy to engage its workers in safety and health.  The Three Courages are the courage to report, the courage to intervene and the courage to stop work.

The program was developed by the City’s Human Resources team, and received unanimous support from managers and directors. It empowers workers to report hazards and near-misses.

Workers feel more engaged with safety and are enthusiastic about safety interventions, pre-start checks and toolbox safety discussions.

Best individual contribution to safety and health by an individual or team

Winner:  Alison Marais from CADDS Group

Alison has designed the CADDS safety and health management system to fit the workplace culture.

Her safety system is user friendly and has a high level of engagement with workers and managers.

She is creative in her role, and has initiated a number of safety campaigns.

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Media release
06 Oct 2017

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