The winners of the annual WorkSafe Awards have been announced in a ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
More than 500 employers, workers and safety industry stakeholders from across Victoria witnessed on Thursday as 11 winners were honoured during the night.
Thirty-five finalists were recognised in the Awards, now in their 24th year.
Speaking at the event, Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the awards recognised the contribution of organisations and individuals in workplace health, safety and return to work.
“Victorian workplaces are the safest they have ever been and we continue to see the rate of workplace injuries trending downwards,” he said.
“Too many Victorians are still being injured at work. The safety solutions, programs and achievements showcased today highlight what can be achieved when hazards and problems are identified, and people work together to achieve a successful and safe resolution.”
WorkSafe’s Acting Chief Executive Ian Forsyth congratulated the winners of the Awards.
“These individuals and businesses highlight the importance and benefits of making health, safety and return to work a priority in the workplace,” said Mr Forsyth.
“They have shown, through their actions and ideas, that it’s possible to do more. They had the foresight to recognise this potential – and the determination to put their ideas into practice.”
He said the results reflected leadership, hard work and commitment of workers, health and safety representatives, return to work practitioners, supervisors and employers right across the state.
Entrants who did not reach the finalist stage are recognised through the Awards website.
WorkSafe Victoria Awards winners:
Health and safety
Health and Safety Representative of the Year
This award acknowledges Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) who have made a significant contribution and demonstrable difference to OHS within their designated workgroups.
Harold Roeding – Department of Primary Industries
Health and Safety Committee of the Year
This award acknowledges the roles and functions of health and safety committees (HSCs) and recognises performance and achievements that demonstrate high level consultation and commitment to health and safety across the entire workplace.
Department of Primary Industries – Mildura
Best Solution to a Workplace Health and Safety Issue
This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing a solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries (for an innovation, invention or initiative that eliminates or significantly reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injuries)
Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board – Richmond
Goodstart Early Learning – Locations across the state
Preventing Health and Safety Risk (for an innovation, invention or initiative that eliminates or considerably reduces a significant risk in a workplace)
SafePanel Pty Ltd – Parkdale
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.
Parmalat Australia Limited – Rowville
Return to work
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.
Vic Freight Xpress – Tullamarine (Honourable mention)
Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant Achievement
This award recognises an occupational rehabilitation consultant’s (from an approved provider) outstanding achievements in returning an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work.
Peter Murphy – Nabenet – Hawthorn
Return to Work 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.
Libby McLean – Form 700 – Altona North
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.
Nick Economos – Empower Rehab – Heidelberg Heights
Worker Return to Work Achievement Award
This award recognises a worker’s outstanding achievements in returning to work following a workplace injury.
Grant McKinna – GEA Westfalia Separators Australia Pty Ltd – Thomastown
WorkSafe is now accepting entries for the WorkSafe Awards 2013.