The winners of this year’s Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards (WHSE Awards), which aim to recognise outstanding innovations and solutions to specific workplace health and safety issues in Western Australia by individuals, groups or organisations, have been revealed.
The new awards, an initiative of the WA Government’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, amalgamate the Work Safety Awards Western Australia and the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards to create a new and prestigious awards program which covers a wider spread of WA industry.
This year, a total of 69 submissions were received with 33 companies recognised as finalists. In the end there were eight winners, they include:
Work health and safety invention of the year (199 employees or less) – Quattro Project Engineering for its development of a mechanised solution for installing and removing underground mine ventilation fans without working at heights.
Work health and safety invention of the year (200 employees or more) – Clough for minimising work at height through development of alternative construction methods that can be applied to the construction of any steel structured building.
Best solution to a work health and safety risk (199 employees or less) – Mainline Demolition for their best practice approach to demolition of the Old Mandurah Bridge resulting in a zero incident, zero harm completion.
Best solution to a work health and safety risk (200 employees or more) – TENSA Equipment and Multiplex for the Roborigger, a load controlling device that allows lifting to be performed without workers needing to be in the hazardous vicinity of the lift.
Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative (199 employees or less) – Galactic Co-operative for their commitment to the wellbeing of their employees through employee engagement and a risk-based approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative (200 employees or more) – Consolidated Minerals for their proactive approach through implementation of the proactive mental health management program ‘Mining Minds Matter, Working Away Not Alone’.
Leadership excellence award – Rio Tinto – Core Services for their project ‘driving leadership excellence in electrical safety’ which identifies, evaluates and targets the highest risk conditions in electrical safety to protect employees from electrical risks.
Safety and health representative of the year – Megan Silvey from St John of God Murdoch Hospital for her high level of commitment to the role, bringing significant positive changes to the endoscopy department by identifying safety issues.
Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister, Bill Johnston, gave his sincere congratulations to all the award winners on their commitment to the safety and health of all Western Australians.
“This year’s entrants have come from a diverse range of industries and all finalists produced an innovative initiative or original solution to a specific workplace safety or health issue,” he said.
“These Awards acknowledge and celebrate companies that are keeping Western Australians safe at work.”
More information on the winners and finalists in the 2019 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards can be found here.