The finalists for this year’s Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards have been announced.
The 35 finalist were announced by Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Tuesday.
Ms. Grace said the awards aim to recognise outstanding organisations and individuals doing great things for Queensland when it comes to work health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work.
“This year’s finalists have been selected by our expert judges from around 150 entries,” Ms. Grace said.
“I congratulate the exceptional efforts of all the impressive Queensland businesses and individuals who submitted an entry this year.
“I’m pleased to see this year’s finalists hail from all parts of Queensland.
“For example, the injured worker achievement category is dominated by brave individuals from the north – places like Cairns, Cannonvale and Cungulla.
“All three finalists have shown great courage, making amazing recoveries to return to work.
“One of five finalists in the Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative Category is Toowoomba-based drilling company Easternwell which has developed the Live Well Program for FIFO workers.
Ms. Grace said the 2018 finalists showcased outstanding, innovative and practical solutions for workplace health and safety.
“There are some fine examples of organisations finding ways to make sure Queenslanders can go home safely to their families at the end of each day,” she said.
“For example, Mater Health Services has introduced a designated rehab team with direct access to medical specialists.
“The Christmas Creek Cattle Company has come up with a simple solution for an age-old problem, by using large culverts under the road to safely move livestock from one property to another.”
The winners of the 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards will be announced in October. For more information visit worksafe.qld.gov.au.