Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards finalists announced

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The 2017 Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards finalists have been announced. The awards recognise the work that individuals and businesses are doing to make Queensland workplaces healthier and safer.

Thirty Queenslanders and businesses have been recognised in the annual Safe Work and Return to Work Awards for their exceptional health and safety initiatives and putting in place robust return-to-work programs that have delivered outstanding results.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced the finalists last week. In all, 167 entries were received for this year’s awards.

“These innovative ideas and initiatives make Queenslanders safer at work or help them get back to work faster – and that’s worth celebrating,” Ms Grace said.

“This is about recognising and rewarding people and businesses getting safety right, doing their bit to avoid fatalities and serious injuries.

“Among the finalists, there are some high achievers and the judging panel will have its work cut out picking the winners.”

The Safe Work and Return to Work Awards showcase excellence in safety or getting injured workers back to work as soon as possible.

One of the finalists in the best solution to an identified work health and safety issue category, Buildsafe Qld has earned praise for developing a product called the Void Platform Stair System. With several falls recently reported at Gold Coast workplaces, this invention from the Coast-based business should help eliminate those through voids in domestic construction sites.

“Those who show initiative in their industry are also acknowledged like Brisbane business Bishopp Billboards which often needs to work close to powerlines.

“This company has looked at reducing risk when building new billboards by placing the gantry walkways behind the face – a simple yet effective solution,” Ms Grace said.

There are 30 finalists in 10 categories in this year’s awards. Toowoomba looms as a potential big winner with four finalists in three categories best workplace health and wellbeing initiative, the injured worker achievement award, and best rehabilitation and return to work management system.

“These companies are investing in the wellbeing of their most valuable assets – their employees.

“They strive for maximum safety, however, if something does happen the awards also recognise industry-leading rehabilitation and return to work initiatives that help injured workers get back on deck as soon as possible.”

For full details of the 2017 Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards finalist, click here.

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