Agricultural workers urged to enter the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards

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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is urging workers in the agriculture industry to enter the 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.

The annual awards recognise outstanding achievements in safety and return to work.

“Rural and agricultural workers, employers and organisations helping make Queenslanders safer at work or helping get them back into employment faster should nominate for the awards,” WHSQ said.

“At last year’s awards, Queensland poultry producer, the Darwalla Group, saluted in two of the 10 awards, while Australian Country Choice was recognised for developing and implementing a platform system to separate humans and livestock in cattle yards.

“Hyne Timber was a finalist for inventing an engineering control using swinging steel arms to lock against and prevent logs falling from trucks during the unstrapping process, protecting workers in the process.”

Queensland Safety Ambassador Shane Webcke said he was really keen to see what rural industry initiatives had surfaced in the last one year to help workers stay safe or return to work after an injury.

Award nominations close on July 6 and the 2018 finalists will be recognised at a gala ceremony in Brisbane on Tuesday 2 October, with Webcke on hand to congratulate the winners, who also have the chance to win up to $2000 in prize money.

For more information about the awards, including entry criteria, handy hints, example entries and past-winner videos, visit the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards 2018 webpage.

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