WA: Innovative OHS Solutions Recognised in Work Safety Awards

The winners of this year’s Work Safety Awards Western Australia have been announced on Friday.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the winners were great examples of excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems in the state.

“These awards provide the opportunity for innovative Western Australians to gain national recognition for their achievements,” she said.

“They recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovation in both public and private sector workplaces in WA that reduce the risk of work-related injury and disease.

“Awards such as these are all about encouraging best practice in safety and health, and the winners are leading the way by making a significant contribution to making WA workplaces safer.”

Park Engineers won the best safety and health management system. The company, which is one of the country’s leading steel engineering and fabrication companies, operated mainly in the mining and construction sectors.

Park Engineers has developed a comprehensive and integrated safety and health management system with a strong emphasis on risk management.

Salmat Pty Ltd won the best solution to an identified workplace safety and health issue. The company, which assembles Australia Post’s unit loading equipment, developed a device designed to assist in assembly of the unit loaders and reduce back strain.

The company recognised that the device can help reduce manual handling injuries, and now uses the machine across its operations.

Pia Carter from the Department of Fisheries in Broome won the best individual contribution to safety and health by a person with no formal responsibility for occupational safety and health.

Ms Carter had found that cleaners accessing a four metre high seawater storage tank were exposed to fall hazard and confined space-related risks.

As a result of the identified hazards, the Department installed a cable and harness system to prevent falls, along with a system of safe procedures for working in confined spaces.

Danny Norton from Sinclair Knight Merz won the best individual contribution to safety and health by a person with responsibility for occupational safety and health.

A Senior Electrical Engineer, Mr Norton developed an assessment protocol and procedures to reduce the risks associated with switchboard arc flashes.

His work has helped to ensure a safer work environment for all workers in the electrical industry.

“Each of the category winners of the 2010 Work Safety WA Awards is a very worthy winner, and each now has the opportunity for their achievements to be recognised across Australia,” Ms Lyhne said.

“I heartily congratulate the winners, along with everyone else who nominated for the awards, and encourage businesses of all sizes to nominate for the 2011 Work Safety Awards Western Australia.”

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