SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy today congratulated the winners of the 2016 annual SafeWork Awards.

A total of nine winners across six categories received awards from a pool of 20 finalists during a ceremony in Sydney last night.

Mr Dunphy said the annual Awards - now in their 13th year, recognise businesses and individuals who have improved safety and injury management outcomes that have delivered tangible results through innovation, forward thinking and positive change.

“The winning initiatives reflect the diversity of risk experienced across different workplaces with winners representing a cross section of industries including the construction and mining, hospitality, aboriculture and disability services,” Mr Dunphy said.

An innovative solution for safely cleaning beer lines, a purpose-built excavator bucket tooth exchanger and the smart use of technology, such as mobile apps and centralised cloud-based safety management systems to assess workplace safety risks were among the finalists.

“These winning initiatives have the capacity to be rolled out across other workplaces with the potential to improve return-to-work outcomes, reduce safety risks and save lives,” Mr Dunphy said.

“We all want every worker to arrive home safely at the end of the working day, but tragically this is not always the case and we need to do more to reduce the wider social and economic costs that workplace injuries have on the wider community,” he said.

“Since these Awards began in 2004, NSW has seen a decline in reported work-related fatalities of almost 50 per cent but there is more work to be done.

“I commend every business that submitted an entry in these awards for their contribution to safety and injury management and becoming safety ambassadors for their industry peers.

“SafeWork NSW remains committed to working with industry to drive down injury rates so together we can raise the bar on safety,” Mr Dunphy said.

More information on the winning entries is available from www.safeworkawards.com.au


2016 NSW SafeWork Awards Winners

EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY CULTURE

Bohmer's Tree Care (Woonona 2517)

Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd (North Sydney 2060)

BEST SOLUTION TO AN IDENTIFIED WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE

Bracton Industries (Brookvale 2100)

Hy-tec Industries Pty Ltd (NSW) (bucket tooth) (Silverwater 2128)

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY (no formal WHS responsibility)

Cabonne Council, Kerry Dent (Molong 2866)

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY (formal WHS responsibility)

SRS Roads Pty Ltd, Shan Ruprai (Camellia 2142)

EXCELLENCE IN RECOVERY AT WORK FOR BUSINESS

Endeavour Foundation (Mt Druitt 2770)

RECOVERY AT WORK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR INJURED WORKERS

Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, Chris May (Regents Park 2143)

SAFEWORK NSW LEADERSHIP IN SAFETY AWARD

Bohmer's Tree Care, Clive Woodnutt (Woonona 2517)

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