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

    Minister announces winners of 2010 Queensland Work Safe Awards

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

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Minister announces winners of 2010 Queensland Work Safe Awards

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has announced the winners of the 2010 Queensland Work Safe Awards, which recognise excellence in workplace health and safety.

    The winners were announced today at an industry ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Safe Work Australia Week.

    Mr Dick said the awards recognised the achievements of Queensland companies and individuals who are leading the way in injury prevention.

    “The standard of entries was very impressive, highlighting how seriously many Queensland businesses and organisations take workplace safety,” Mr Dick said.

    “I congratulate all nominees for their efforts - like those of our safety Ambassador Mal Meninga - 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, especially Toll Global Logistics Australia at Coopers Plains, which won the best overall contribution to workplace health and safety in Queensland.”

    Mr Dick said the Queensland Work Safe Awards, run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, rewarded the achievements of businesses and workers in ensuring safer workplaces by preventing accidents.

    “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,” he said.

    “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.”

    The winners are:

    Category 1 – Best workplace health and safety management system

    Winner: SJ Electric Pty Ltd, Albion, for a comprehensive system reflecting all the elements required in the effective protection of the health and safety of workers utilizing web based technology.

    Highly Commended: Priestley’s Gourmet Delights, Morningside, for a new senior management team seeing a change in direction in the management of Health and Safety through the genesis of an effective safety system.

    Highly Commended: Mitchell Helidon Pty Ltd, Helidon, for the development of safety management systems with emphasis on improving Workplace Health and Safety at the purchasing level. The company recently acquired five new vehicles with significant safety features including an electric fold out staircase for entry and exit to the cabin of their trucks.
    Highly Commended: Sharman Property Services, Rocklea. Sharman Property Services faced a number of challenges in ensuring worker safety at various worksites not controlled by the employer and this was achieved by including workers in the risk assessment process to quickly manage hazards.

    Category 2: Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue

    Winner: Toll Global Logistics Australia, Coopers Plains. The implementation of a change management process has improved OHS practices and reduced the risk of injury within the transport industry.

    Highly Commended: Livestock Nutrition Technologies Pty Ltd, Garbutt. In consultation with its workforce, Livestock developed a solution to eliminate manual hazard risks when palleting 100kg nutritional feed blocks.

    Commended: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. The university initiated a biomotion configuration research project on clothing, incorporating retroreflective strips. Research found that this configuration maximises road worker visibility at night-time and provides a low cost and effective way of improving road worker safety.

    Category 3: Best workplace health and safety practices in small business

    Winner: Metal Line North Brisbane Pty Ltd, Eagle Farm, developed a revolutionary roofing system – SafeBridge which incorporates edge protection, structural steel, purlin configuration, purlin bridging, and safety wire to form a catch net for workers in the roofing industry.

    Highly Commended: DB & W Bryce Pty Ltd, Warwick, introduced initiatives to ensure workplace health and safety is a strategic priority of the business. As a result, these initiatives improved the standard of workplace health and safety and business performance.

    Category 4: Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety

    Winner: Rohan Maheno, Baulderstone Pty Ltd, Kelvin Grove. Rohan is an administrative assistant working for Baulderstone and has had a significant impact in driving Baulderstone’s safety culture over the past twelve months by presenting and sharing her story with Baulderstone and the industry.

    Highly Commended: Sean Peckover, Rockhampton Regional Council. Sean is committed to Workplace Health and Safety and has been pivotal in mobilising large numbers of significant regional businesses towards zero harm.

    Category 5: Best solution to an identified electrical safety issue

    Winner: Ergon Energy for its “Overhead Powerlines” campaign which has been highly effective in reducing the incident rates for at risk industries by up to 40 per cent in the road transport industry over a single year. This shows the positive and successful communication and interaction that the company has with the Queensland community.

    Zero Harm at Work Award (Best of the Best):

    Winner: Toll Global Logistics Australia

    Media contact:
    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487