To mark the beginning of Safe Work Month in NSW, SafeWork NSW has announced the finalists in its annual work health and safety awards.

The SafeWork NSW Awards recognise business and workers with the highest standards of workplace health and safety and return to work outcomes in the State.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said it was appropriate to launch Safe Work Month with the announcement of the SafeWork Awards finalists.

“The Awards highlight how innovation and forward thinking can contribute to improved safety and injury management,” Mr Dunphy said.

“The Awards have attracted entries from businesses and individuals across the State.”

“Safe Work Month is about workers and employers showing their commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.

“The finalists are setting the benchmark for other business and workers to aim for - during Safe Work Month and every day after.”

The SafeWork Awards attracted 160 entries from businesses and individuals, with 29 finalists selected. Finalists come from a range of industries and include a number of new safety innovations. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 26 October in Sydney.

Mr Dunphy encouraged businesses and workers to think about how they could create a safety culture at their workplace during Safe Work Month.

“Anyone with a job in this state has the right to a safe and healthy workplace,” he said.

“And whether you are an employer or a worker, and regardless of your industry, occupation or background, workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“In 2015/16, SafeWork NSW received reports of 30,902 major workplace injuries and illnesses, and 60 fatalities.

“These figures are unacceptably high so it’s clear that more must be done to improve workplace health and safety in this State.

“Safe Work Month is an opportunity for business leaders to demonstrate their commitment to work health and safety and workers to look out for each other and improve health and safety in their workplace.”

For ideas and tips to get your workplace thinking about safety during Safe Work Month, as well as a list of Safe Work Month events in your area, visit the Safe Work Month page on the SafeWork NSW website.

Visit for more information on the SafeWork Awards.

2017 SafeWork Awards Finalists

Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture - for small business

  • Ecoteam, Lismore
  • Riding for the Disabled, Sydney Markets
  • Sailfish Catamarans, Alstonville

Excellence In Workplace Health And Safety Culture - for big business

  • Eden Brae Homes, Baulkham Hill
  • Lake Macquarie Council, Speers Point
  • Port Stephens Council, Raymond Terrace

Best Solution To An Identified Workplace Health And Safety Issue - for small business

  • Dog Watch Lighting, Lake Munmorah
  • Landson Glass, Bradbury
  • Safe Treez, Blue Bay
  • The Lacket Company, Kiama Downs

Best Solution To An Identified Workplace Health And Safety Issue - for big business

  • D&D Traffic Management, Unanderra
  • GWH Build, Thornton
  • See Civil, Chinderah

Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety A

An employee, such as a health and safety representative, who does not have formal responsibility for work health and safety management as part of their duties                      

  • Brendan Edwards - Komatsu Mining Group, Moss Vale
  • John Pearce - Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour
  • Ricky McKenzie - Illawarra Retirement Trust, Woonona

Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety B

An outstanding contribution by a WHS manager or a person with responsibility for WHS as part of their duties

  • Billie-Jo Reynolds - Reject Shop, Kensington
  • Glenn Stewart - Calvary Health Care, Sydney
  • Grainne Moore – Multiplex, Sydney
  • Lauren Hutton - Anglican Care, Booragul
  • Lisa McCahon - Coca-Cola Amatil, Northmead

Excellence in Recovery at Work for Business                  

  • Speciality Fashion Group, Alexandria
  • St Vincent's Private Hospital, Darlinghurst
  • Teys Australia Southern Pty Ltd, Tamworth

Recovery at Work Achievement Award for Injured Workers                          

  • David Nugent - Rehab Co, Tarcutta
  • Skye Stewart - NSW Police Force, Newcastle

Safework NSW Leadership in Safety Award                    

  • Maria Hooker - Allied Mills, Rhodes
  • Paul Lyndon - Diona , Rouse Hill
  • Tony Dean - Teys Australia Southern Pty Ltd, Tamworth
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