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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Work Safe and Return to Work Awards winners announced

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Work Safe and Return to Work Awards winners announced

    27 October 2009 – EMBARGOED UNTIL 8PM

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has announced the winners of the 2009 Queensland Work Safe Awards and the inaugural Return to Work Awards, which recognise excellence in workplace health and safety, and workers’ compensation.

    Mr Dick said the awards rewarded the achievements of Queensland companies and individuals who were leading the way in injury prevention and rehabilitation of injured workers.

    “The awards attracted close to 600 entries between them. The standard was very impressive, highlighting how seriously many Queensland businesses and organisations take workplace safety,” Mr Dick said.

    “I congratulate all nominees for their efforts in raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety and keeping Queenslanders safe.

    “The winners came from a strong field of finalists, and from a diverse range of industries and workplaces in both the private and public sectors.

    “The winners deserve public accolades and can be justifiably proud of their achievements,” he said.

    Mr Dick said the Queensland Work Safe Awards, run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) for the past five years, reward the achievements of businesses and workers in ensuring safer workplaces by preventing accidents.

    “The inaugural Return to Work Awards are run by Q-COMP – the statutory authority that oversees workers’ compensation in Queensland – to showcase the state’s top employers who understand the importance of helping injured workers make a successful return to work,” Mr Dick said.

    “Both awards programs acknowledge the great work that many people are doing to create safer workplaces.

    “The range of workplaces and activities represented by the finalists goes to show that there are many ways of achieving positive health and safety outcomes.

    “These award recipients highlight that when an injury does occur, Queensland has a strong workers’ compensation scheme and effective workplace rehabilitation and return-to-work programs.

    “Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme protects the rights of injured workers and ensures they get the support and encouragement needed to successfully get back to their jobs after a workplace injury.

    “The inaugural Return to Work Awards are a significant milestone for the workers’ compensation sector in Queensland.

    “In the past, the inspirational stories of workplace rehabilitation and the return-to-work successes of injured workers remained a quiet achievement.

    “This year, Q-COMP has recognised the efforts of the employers and individuals who do the right thing if an injury occurs,” he said.

    Mr Dick said the two award programs complemented each other, with their focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation.

    “With about 100 work-related fatalities and nearly 30,000 serious injuries and diseases reported in Queensland each year, the award programs help raise awareness that workplace health and safety is everyone’s business and that all Queenslanders should be striving to make their workplaces safer,” he said.

    Winners of both awards were announced today at an industry ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Safe Work Australia Week, which ends on Saturday 31 October.

    See below for full list of winners.


    WORK SAFE AWARDS WINNERS

    Best workplace health and safety management system
    Winner: S&N Civil Constructions, Townsville, for expansion of the company’s quality management system to a fully integrated and certified management system.

    Best solution to an identified health and safety issue
    Winner: Frook, Townsville, for a safer, faster and more cost-effective method of temporary bracing when installing trusses on a building.

    Highly commended: Bovis Lend Lease, Brisbane, for prevention of falls from heights for workers while erecting crane and gantries on the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts project.

    Highly commended: University of Queensland Library, St Lucia, Brisbane, for inventing a device that prevents the wheels of a book lift used to transport library materials from falling into the gap between the lift and the floor.

    Best workplace health and safety practice in small business
    Highly commended: Matt Electric, Burleigh Heads, for implementing “SafetyConnect”, a comprehensive safety plan for improving occupational health and safety practices.


    Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety
    Winner: John Harris of Phoenix Drilling Services, Capella (north of Emerald), for inventing a safer compressor radiator top up system

    Highly commended: Paul Gibson of the Queensland-wide ARA Group, for developing a “court room scenario” to determine the effectiveness of safety management systems.

    Highly commended: Reg O’Brien of Boyne Smelters Limited, Gladstone, for his outstanding contribution to improving OHS in the carbon section at Boyne Smelters.

    Best solution to identified electrical safety issues
    Winner: Stanwell Corporation Limited, Brisbane, for developing a safe method of managing arc flash hazards through the provision of registers and electrical panel door labelling.

    RETURN TO WORK AWARDS WINNERS

    Small employer (less than 200 employees)

    Winner: Visy PET Pty Ltd, Heathwood, Brisbane
    Betty Luong and David Goodger lead the return-to-work efforts of this plastic bottle manufacturing plant at Heathwood, south-west of Brisbane. They are passionate about introducing new ideas to the workplace to keep their workforce safe and healthy. A commitment from all levels within the business ensures injured workers are supported throughout their rehabilitation.

    Medium employer (200 to less than 2000 employees)

    Winner: Cement Australia, Milton, Brisbane
    Geoff Currie is the Group Operations Safety Manager and drives the company’s commitment of care to all Queensland employees. Cement Australia ensures injured workers’ needs are always the priority and support is extended to their families. It has also introduced Innovative return-to-work practices and has a strong emphasis on injury prevention and rehabilitation.

    Large employer (more than 2000 employees)

    Winner: Department of Public Works, Brisbane
    The Department of Public Works’ rehabilitation team of Allan Lally, Sue Torkington, Jodie Schipper and Lauren Cavello run innovative rehabilitation and return-to-work programs to support injured workers. The department is leading the way with its commitment and care for its diverse work force.

    Self-insured employer

    Winner: University of Queensland
    Kris Fraser and her team at the University of Queensland have implemented various rehabilitation initiatives resulting in positive outcomes for injured workers. There is a strong commitment across the organisation to ensure workers have early access to return-to-work programs.

    Injured worker – return to work same employer

    Winner: Tony Seng
    Tony’s strength and character has inspired his work colleagues, friends and family. With the care and support of his wife Selena, Tony has confronted challenges and shown you can make the most out of any situation and succeed.

    Injured worker – return to work new employer

    Winner: Lesley Crawley, Brisbane South (lives on the Gold Coast)
    Lesley’s story is an example of what you can achieve with determination and a positive attitude. Lesley’s remarkable turnaround after her serious work injury is a story of courage and inspiration.

    Rehabilitation and return to work co-ordinator

    Winner: Penny Wright (Alphapharm), Carole Park, Brisbane
    Penny sets a high standard with her dedication to looking after injured workers and their families during their rehabilitation. She is always willing to do what it takes to ensure a good outcome for her workers, and they attest to her worthiness for this award.

    Rehabilitation and return to work co-ordinator – self-insured employer

    Winner: Ursula Lone (Scenic Rim Regional Council), Beaudesert
    Ursula’s friendly and caring persona is what makes her injured workers feel supported through their rehabilitation. She is committed and passionate about her role and values a successful return to work as her number one priority. Ursula’s devotion to her role is recognised with this award.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:

    Minister Dick’s office: 3239 3487 or 3224 4781
    WHSQ Work Safe Awards: 3405 3762
    Q-COMP Return to Work Awards: 3020 6368 or 0421 093 554