2018 WorkSafe Awards finalists revealed

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The finalists for the 2018 WorkSafe Awards have been announced.

The Awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations in improving workplace health and safety and helping injured workers return to work.

Twenty-seven finalists were chosen out of over 170 entries nominated for the Awards.

Leading return to work practice by an employer

  • Metcash (Laverton North)
  • Mercy Health (Richmond)
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade (Richmond)

Return to work coordinator excellence

  • Rachel Hope, MFB (Richmond)
  • Gillian Plummer, MFB (Oakleigh)
  • Nicole Shambrook, Ambulance Victoria (North Blackburn)
  • Stacey Guy, City of Ballarat

Worker return to work achievement award

  • Clinton Robins (Miners Rest)
  • Alfred Stinten (Morwell)
  • Joseph Vella (Kensington)
  • Chris Williams (Shepparton)

Commitment to workplace health and wellbeing

  • Cobild (South Yarra)
  • City of Boroondara
  • Darebin City Council

Best solution to a manual handling issue

  • Speciality Trees (Narre Warren East)
  • Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Springvale)
  • The Reece Group – Prime Refrigeration Plant (Truganina)

OHS Achievement Award

  • St John of God Berwick Hospital (Berwick)
  • Melbourne Water (Melbourne)

Health and safety invention of the year

  • Workplace Maintenance Solutions Pty Ltd (Gisborne)
  • Ecogroup Pty Ltd (Dandenong South)
  • RattleJack innovations Pty Ltd (Logan)

Best solution to specific workplace health and safety

  • McConnell Dowell Constructors (Australia) Pty Ltd (Port Melbourne)
  • Melbourne Water

Health and Safety representative of the year

  • Daniel Gili, Diamond Valley Pork Pty Ltd
  • Robert Kovacs, Victoria Police (Morwell)
  • David Tull, Ambulance Victoria (Seaford)

“These determined businesses and individuals have in common a passionate approach to preventing workplaces injuries and illnesses and doing what they can to help others – or themselves – return to safe work after injury,” said WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies.

“Our finalists have set a strong example for the community when it comes to workplace health and safety, and they deserve to be recognised.

“It is satisfying to see such a wide variety of industries represented and all the finalists should be commended for their commitment.”

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Crown Palladium on Thursday, 18 October.

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