Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce has congratulated winners of the 2012 NSW WorkCover SafeWork Awards announced tonight in Sydney.

Six awards were presented during the event held as part of Safe Work Australia Week, to recognise efforts by business and individuals to reduce workplace injury.

Mr Pearce said common themes among all the winners, was strong workplace communication which improved staff morale and safety.

“All of the winners have successfully made inroads within the workplace to reduce injuries and save lives,” Mr Pearce said. 

“The awards show that sustainable safety outcomes are achievable and can have far reaching effects on the financial viability of a business.”

Mr Pearce said a judging panel made up of representatives from trade unions, employer groups and WorkCover selected the winners.

“I congratulate all of the 2012 entrants for their commitment to reducing injuries and taking steps to build robust safety systems across their industries,” he said.

The winners from categories one to four will now have a chance to receive national recognition for their initiatives, competing with entrants from across the country in the 2013 National Safe Work Australia Awards to be held in Canberra in April.

Information on winners and finalists is available at www.safeworkawards.com.au

2012 WORKCOVER NSW SAFEWORK AWARDS WINNERS

Best workplace health and safety management system
Bega Cheese Bega
For their ‘safety first’ initiative designed to improve the health and wellbeing of its workers and overall safety culture. This included major revisions to existing workplace safety systems, including the introduction of automation for high risk manual handling tasks, and a behavioural safety program.

Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue
Agi-Kleen Pty Ltd Sydney
Agi-Kleen staff developed an innovative safety solution to the high-risk and physically demanding method of cleaning concrete agitator bowls. An automated robotic system was created that removes the need to a person to physically enter the agitator to clean it. The initiative has reduced costs and the length of time trucks are out of service.

Best workplace health and safety practices in a small business
NA Group Pty Ltd Padstow
To improve safety performance during road works, NA Group introduced a paperless document management system for their work sites that include zero harm operational forms and for „near miss“ and incident management reporting. The electronic system could be rolled out across the road works industry.

Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety
Ben Woodbridge, Daracon Group Pty Ltd Wallsend
Ben Woodbridge identified risks in the storage and manual handling of welding materials, including gas bottles. Ben took the initiative to design and fabricate a new crate that allows for the safe storage of tools during transportation and has significantly reduced manual handling activities.

Jennifer Ringor, Aristocrat Technologies North Ryde
With the introduction of harmonised work health and safety laws, Jennifer developed a due diligence framework to raise awareness among management of their new obligations. Jennifer also introduced lead indicator reporting and measuring systems establishing more realistic safety performance indicators.

WorkCover NSW Safety Leadership Award
Construction Safety Education Forum Sydney
Operating for more than 18 years, the forum has proved to be effective way to raise awareness across the high-risk construction industry to help save lives. The 40 member forum includes volunteers from regulators, unions and employer groups, contractors and large construction companies that identify solutions to safety issues.

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