03:39 pm, Friday 29 October, 2010
Queensland’s most exemplary employers and individuals have been recognised in the annual Q-COMP Return to work Awards on Tuesday night.
The program rewards acts of excellence, inspiring personal journeys and leadership in the field of worker’s compensation.
Nine winners were personally commended by Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick during the ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The awards ceremony featured tales of injured workers who bounced back after suffering injuries at work, some of them debilitating. The winners include Mooloolaba’s Michael Castillo, who was crushed by a 500kg horse. Unable to return to his job as a horse-breaker, he completed a Certificate III in carpentry and passed with flying colours.
Another winner – Brisbane’s Jamie Sunderland – worked in construction for twelve years until his legs were crushed by several tonnes of steel at the work site. Unable to meet the physical requirements of being a construction worker, he instead pursued his passion of becoming a tattoo artist.
Q-COMP’s Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Woods says the winners are great examples of the kind of work they want others to emulate.
“Our awards put forward the state’s best in workplace rehabilitation and return to work practices, giving these deserving individuals and businesses the attention of the industry,” Ms Woods said.
“The nine winners, who were selected from close to 500 nominations, have been recognised for taking an approach fitting with the theme of this year’s awards: ‘Above and Beyond’, which celebrates the essential work undertaken to develop and improve a strong return to work culture plus commends the courageous journey an injured worker takes to return to their job.
“It’s fitting to recognise achievements in injury prevention and rehabilitation together, as it highlights the great work employers are doing to keep our workplaces safe plus acknowledges those employers who do the right thing if an injury does occur.
“The high standard and number of award nominations we received this year demonstrates the committed approach Queensland’s employers and individuals take in supporting injured workers’ through the workers’ compensation process and back to a safe workplace.”
List of Winners:
Injured Worker Achievement Award – New career
Winner: Michael Castillo, Mooloolaba
Injured Worker Achievement Award – Return to work
Winner: Michael Labuc, Brisbane
Injured Worker Achievement Award – Serious
Winner: Jamie Sunderland, Brisbane
Case Management Achievement Award
Winner: Stephen Wikman – WorkCover Queensland, Rockhampton
Employer Achievement Award for Rehabilitation and Return to Work – Small/medium employer
Winner: Golden Cockerel Pty Ltd, Mt Cotton
Employer Achievement Award for Rehabilitation and Return to Work – Large employer
Winner: Ramsay Health Care, Moffat Beach
Employer Achievement Award for Rehabilitation and Return to Work – Self-insured employer
Winner: KMART Australia, Brisbane
Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator Achievement Award – Self-insured employer
Winner: Gianina Saba – Qantas Airways, Brisbane
Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator Achievement Awards – WorkCover Queensland insured employer
Winner: Mark Kilmore – DPSA Holdings Pty Ltd, North Rockhampton