Finalists for the 25th annual WorkSafe Victoria Awards have been announced, showcasing outstanding commitment, leadership and innovation in workplace health, safety and return to work.
A total of 30 finalists from a wide range of industries and workplaces have been chosen across 10 categories.
WorkSafe Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove, said this year’s awards attracted a record 323 entries – up 13 per cent from last year’s total of 286.
“The awards are an important opportunity for businesses to showcase and receive recognition for the fantastic work they’re doing in keeping workers safe or getting them back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so,” she said.
“It’s great to see the strong commitment among Victorian employers and employees to make their workplaces safer and healthier.”
The winners will be announced at a presentation on 23 October, during WorkSafe’s annual safety event, Work Safe Week.
Ms Cosgrove said every award entrant was helping to spread an important message about health, safety and return to work to others.
“The people who nominate themselves or others for the awards are saying to the Victorian community that there is a better way of doing things, and by working together we can make a difference.”
For further information, please visit: www.worksafeawards.com.au
Finalists in the 2013 WorkSafe Awards are as follows (click on the links for more information):
Health and safety
Best solution to a specific workplace health and safety issue
This award recognises individuals and organisations that have developed and implemented a solution to a health and safety issue in their own workplace.
Fulton Hogan - Keysborough
Nacap – Hydraulic Pig Catcher – Doncaster
Tulla Sydney Alliance – Hanging Gantries - Melbourne
Tulla Sydney Alliance – Anti Gawk Screens -Melbourne
Health and safety committee of the year
This award recognises the roles and functions of health and safety committees and recognises performance and achievements that demonstrate high level consultation and commitment to health and safety across the entire workplace.
Parmalat Australia - Rowville
Zoos Victoria - Healesville
Health and safety representative of the year
This award recognises elected health and safety representatives who have made a significant contribution and demonstrable difference to health and safety within their dedicated workgroups.
Jason Peters - Parmalat Australia – Rowville
Jedda McGlinchey – Ambulance Victoria – Melbourne
Daniel Blackmont - Bluescope Distribution - Clayton
Lawrence Mwangi - DHS - Hurstbridge Farm
Excellence in health and safety management
This award recognises individuals who have made an exceptional difference to workplace health and safety.
Judy Harrington - Brunswick South-West Primary School
Tiny Good – Showtech Australia Pty Ltd – Braeside
Phyllip Bix - Grampians Region Prisons
Health and safety invention of the year
This award recognises individuals and organisations that develop and/or manufacture innovative solutions to health and safety issues or hazards.
CodeSafe Solutions Pty Ltd – CodeSafe Solution: Communication Solutions - Blackburn
Bremner Glass Equipment – Safe Lift System – Braeside
Fixers and Finishers Pty Ltd – KNSP Safety Fencing Post - Bentleigh
Return to work
Worker RTW Achievement
This award recognises a worker's outstanding achievements in returning to work following a workplace injury.
David Mitchell – Brown’s Springworks - Thomastown
Wendy Bailey – Sigma Pharmaceuticals - Rowville
Employer Excellence in RTW
This award recognises, at an organisational level, an employer's outstanding efforts to support the return to work of an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work.
Knox City Council - Wantirna South
Union Hydraulics – Sale
Catholic Homes - Hawthorn
RTW Coordinator Excellence
This award recognises an individual Return to Work Coordinator's outstanding achievements in returning an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work
Katelyn Vosti - Patties Foods Ltd - Bairnsdale
Renée Lee - City of Whittlesea - South Morang
Pauline Schlensog - Department of Justice – H.M. Prison Barwon - Lara
Treating Health Practitioner Achievement
This award recognises a treating health practitioner's outstanding achievements in returning an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work.
Peter Biskup – Corio Bay Health Group - Bannockburn
Jonathan Bell - Narre Warren Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic - Narre Warren
Liz Plail - Precision Ascend (formerly South Eastern Pain Management) - Noble Park
Health and wellbeing
Commitment to workplace health and wellbeing
This award recognises leadership that demonstrates a whole-of-organisation commitment to promoting health and wellbeing at work.
City West Water - Sunshine
Dowell - Bayswater
Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.