Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards winners announced

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Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards winners have been announced. The winners were announced by Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Curtis Pitt at a ceremony in Brisbane on Wednesday. Safety Ambassador and NRL legend Shane Webcke also attended the ceremony.

Mr Pitt congratulated all the winners and finalists and said it was inspiring to see a record number of entries, with some being named as finalists in more than one category.

“What a difference these companies and individuals are making to health and safety and rehabilitation in their workplaces,” Mr Pitt said.

“This year’s finalists show that any individual or business from any industry anywhere in the state can make great contributions to improving the health and safety of working Queenslanders. They represent the best of our initiative and excellence.

“In August I launched Getting Back, a new State Government return to work campaign aimed at supporting injured workers.

“The campaign encourages injured workers, employers and medical professionals to embrace strategies and practices to get more injured workers to recover at work.

“It’s an important campaign because we know that in many cases getting back to work is the best thing for an injured worker.

“And it’s great to see that spirit on display here at today’s awards.”

Mr Webcke also congratulated this year’s winners.

“I am determined to see work health and safety improve in Queensland because my father was killed at work, which ripped a hole in our family,” he said.

“It is wonderful to recognise the achievements of these finalists who are working so hard to reach that goal.”

“The Queensland Government wants businesses across the state to make our workplaces the safest in Australia,” Mr Pitt said.

“Tropical Reef Shipyard is leading by example. It has significantly reduced injury rates by engaging its workers, management, sub-contractors and their customers in the process.

“This combined with smart rehab and return to work practices has led to fewer workers’ compensation claims and as a consequence, lower premiums.

“It’s a win-win for the company and for its workers.

“And they are not alone in leading by example, as all of this year’s winners demonstrate.”

Mr Pitt said the finalists were a diverse group, showing just what could be achieved by industries and workplaces anywhere in the state.

“I applaud all of today’s winners and finalists for their dedication to keeping our workers safe, and for returning those that are injured to meaningful work as soon as they are cleared to do so.”

The 2015 winners are:

Safe Work Awards categories

Category 1 – Best work health and safety management system
Winner – DECMIL Australia, Murarrie
Highly commended – Buildsafe Queensland Pty Ltd, Arundel

Category 2 – Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue
Winner – Colinta Holdings Pty Ltd, Collinsville
Highly commended – Lindsay Transport, Rocklea
Commended – Fulton Hogan Ltd, Eight Mile Plains

Category 3 – Best work health and safety practices in small business
Winner – Cane Train, Koumala

Category 4 – Best individual contribution to work health and safety
Winner – Andrew Ryan, Patrick Stevedoring Pty Ltd, Port of Brisbane
Highly commended – Mark Philippi, CB Energy Pty Ltd, Molendinar
Highly commended – Ian Morrison, Tropical Reef Shipyard, Cairns

Category 5 – Best solution to an identified electrical safety issue
Winner – CB Energy Pty Ltd, Molendinar
Highly commended – NOJA Power Switchgear Pty Ltd, Murarrie
Commended – Doc Brothers Electrical Contracting, Manly West

Category 6 – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance
Winner – Tropical Reef Shipyard, Cairns
Highly commended – MiniMovers Pty Ltd, Rocklea
Commended – Action Auto Electrics Pty Ltd, Pinkenba

Category 7 – Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative

Winner – New Hope Group (New Acland Coal Mines), Acland
Highly commended – Pine Rivers Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Strathpine
Commended – Brisbane City Council, Brisbane

Category 8 – Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety (Nominees selected by judges from all other categories)
Winner – Andrew Ryan, Patrick Stevedoring Pty Ltd, Port of Brisbane
Highly commended – Brisbane City Council, Brisbane
Commended – RoadTek, Spring Hill
Finalist – McNab Constructions Australia Pty Ltd, South Brisbane
Finalist – MiniMovers Pty Ltd, Rocklea

Return to Work Awards categories

Category 1 – Injured worker achievement awards
Winner – Return to work – Malcolm Valler, Chinchilla
Commended – Return to work – Felicia Russell, Wilmar Proserpine Sugar Mill, Proserpine
Winner – Serious injury – Gary Hewson, Banyo
Highly commended – Serious injury – Nathan Hurtz, Liston

Category 2 – Employer achievement award – small/medium employer
Winner – Tropical Reef Shipyard, Cairns

Category 3 – Employer achievement award – large employer
Winner – Lend Lease, Bowen Hills
Highly commended – Super Retail Group, Lawnton
Commended – FKG Group, Toowoomba

Category 4 – Rehabilitation and return to work coordinator achievement award
Winner – Ian Morrison, Tropical Reef Shipyard, Cairns
Highly commended – Tracey Stark, Drakes Supermarkets, Beenleigh
Commended – Janelle Paton, Hastings Deering, Paget

Category 5 – Best demonstrated leadership in return to work (Nominees selected by judges from all other categories)
Winner – Ian Morrison, Tropical Reef Shipyard, Cairns
Finalist – Lend Lease, Bowen Hills

For more information visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/safe-work-and-return-to-work-awards/home

 

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