Each year entries cover a range of diverse solutions representing a variety of industries. Many are simple yet effective but still make positive change to workplaces across the State.

Hear from our winners and use this list of winning solutions to inspire your entry:

  1. With a push of a button, autocare workers can safely and effortlessly secure a vehicle by a motorised winch, no more heavy lifting!
  2. A small manufacturing company implemented machinery safeguards, visible safety procedures and weight colour-coded storage boxes.
  3. A construction company designed instantly accessible cloud-based job specific safety folders.
  4. An employee designed a simple piece of yellow plastic that holds faulty twistlocks of shipping containers open.
  5. A remote control inspector was developed to inspect risky confined spaces on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  6. A safety system was made available to mobile workers via smartphones and tablets in the plumbing industry.
  7. Anti-fatigue rubber mats, roof ventilation, and a forklift warning system were installed in an industrial warehouse.
  8. A high-pressure water system was designed to clean concrete agitator bowls, eliminating the need for workers to climb inside.
  9. A small arboriculture business designed an interactive cloud based safety management system that gives workers step by step instructions and risks, and encourages suggestions and improvements from workers.
  10. Quarry workers implemented a simple design that eliminates the need for a worker to handle the heavy teeth of an excavator’s bucket.
  11. A council employee designed and developed a portable device to do the heavy lifting when removing and cleaning sewer pumps.
  12. A safety group manager introduced a web-based reporting system, closing the reporting gap between workers and management.

All of our winners and finalists should be commended for making a difference to workplace safety and recovery at work in NSW.


Click this image to download a PDF version of the 2018 finalist eBook




      Small business - Sailfish Catamarans, Alstonville 

      Big business - Port Stephens Council, Raymond Terrace 


      Paul Lyndon - Diona , Rouse Hill 


      Small business - The Lacket Company, Kiama Downs

      Big business - D&D Traffic Management, Unanderra


      Specialty Fashion Group, Alexandria 


      David Nugent - nominated by Rehab Co, Tarcutta 


      John Pearce - Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour

      Glenn Stewart - Calvary Health Care, Sydney 


      Big business - Port Stephens Council

      Small business - Sailfish Catamarans



      Big business - D&D Traffic Management

      Small business - The Lacket Company



      John Pearce - Coffs Harbour City Council

      Glenn Stewart - Calvary Health Care



      Specialty Fashion Group



      David Nugent



      Paul Lyndon


      Big business - Laing and O'Rourke 

      Small business - Bohmer's Tree Care


      Big business - HY-TEC Industries

      Small business - Bracton Industries


      Kerry Dent - Cabonne Council

      Shan Ruprai - SRS Roads


      Endeavour Foundation 


      Chris May


      Clive Woodnutt


      Best workplace health and safety management system
      Crown Equipment Pty Ltd

      Boasting a diverse workforce devoted to sales, engineering, clerical, technical, field service and spare parts, Crown Equipment made consultation with staff from all areas a priority when developing their new safety management system.

      Key to the new system was guiding the behaviour of workers at all levels to create a values-based learning organisation. This involved early hazard identification, inclusion of management in all WHS matters, communicating safety information to all workers and continuous improvement and benchmarking.

      Crown is no longer simply compliant, with significant reductions in the number of claims over the last five years. As well as developing extensive safety courses for their own staff, Crown is a certified training organisation, providing driver training for over 5000 operators each year.

      “The safety management system touches every corner of the organisation”


      Best workplace health and safety management system
      Port Stephens Council

      The best work health and safety systems are constantly evolving to meet the needs of a diverse organisation. As part of Port Stephens Council’s continuous safety improvement a team was formed to overhaul the way they handled risk, with dramatic results.

      A combination of WHS and corporate risk management systems, the new integrated system was introduced after extensive consultation with workers. Incorporating the key elements of policy, planning, implementation, measurement, evaluation and review, the system provides a simplified, holistic approach to safety.

      The results are impressive. Since the introduction of the integrated system, Port Stephens has seen a drop in workers compensation premiums by more than $1 million and a 70 per cent reduction in lost time injuries.

      “The Council is committed to constantly improving risk management systems”


      Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue
      Roads and Maritime Services/University of Technology Sydney - Robotic Bridge Inspector

      One of Australia’s best-known icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built at a time when safety in design was not deemed as important as it is today. In order to access much of the internal structure, bridge inspectors were exposed to risks including asphyxiation, heat exhaustion, slips, trips and delayed rescue.

      To avoid putting the squeeze on its workers, Roads and Maritime Services, along with University of Technology, have created the Robotic Bridge Inspector. Like something out of science fiction, the autonomous robot uses magnetic ‘feet’ and lasers to explore the tight spaces of the bridge, recording video footage that can be reviewed from the safety of the office.

      The success of the robot has inspired RMS and the University to further invest in technology for safety outcomes, including assistance for the immense job of painting the bridge.

      “This has a significant and immediate impact on how steel bridges are inspected”


      Best workplace health and safety practices in a small business
      Mavid Construction Pty Ltd

      As a young company in an industry dominated by big business, Mavid Construction is using a high-tech approach to tackling the safety challenges of multiple work sites and a growing number of workers.

      As well as employing external safety officers to complete regular risk assessments and safety checks on each site, Mavid developed an online system that is instantly accessible by all employees and viewable in both the office and on site.

      Using an already-available online service, Mavid create cloud-based safety folders for each job, containing job-specific information such as safety policies, traffic management, induction plans, hazard reports, electrical registers and emergency response plans.

      Owner-Director Matt Sharpe believes that Mavid’s agility and willingness to adapt to current technology will provide the best possible environment for his workers, and that can only be good for business.

      “It gives us an advantage over other construction companies who may be more traditional and not embracing this change.”


      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (no formal WHS responsibilities)
      Andrew Ryan - Patrick

      For decades, stevedores around the world have been putting their lives at risk due to jammed twistlocks on shipping containers. This became all too real for crane operator Andrew Ryan when he saw the terror on a co-workers face after having to enter a restricted work zone to hold a jammed twistlock open so a container could be lifted.

      That night Andrew came up with the Ryan Key, a fork-like clip that keeps faulty twistlocks open, eliminating the need for workers to enter the restricted zone while containers are being lifted – a simple yet radical idea that has since been implemented at all Patrick terminals.

      Andrew’s commitment to his colleagues’ safety has led to a solution that could have a huge impact on one of the world’s major industries.

      "Andrew’s commitment to ensure his colleagues are safe at work has been inspiring"


      Best indiviudal contribution to workplace health and safety (WHS representative)
      Annette Celle - Bankstown City Council

      With 800 employees as diverse as tradies, town planners, librarians, waste collectors, IT professionals and mechanics, Bankstown City Council is faced with the challenging task of managing safety systems that ensure all workers go home safely each day.

      In spite of the challenges, Coordinator Risk Management Annette Celle has helped Bankstown achieve their best work health and safety results in 16 years. Through communication and constant engagement, she has created a culture that encourages workers in all fields to think about safety.

      In just two years, Annette has created safety imagery and branding, reviewed the organisation’s consultation structure, identified high-risk areas, improved incident management and set new work health and safety objectives for the organisation.

      Annette’s commitment to safety is already paying dividends, with a 34 per cent increase in incident reporting and a 64 per cent drop in lost time injuries.

      “Annette has provided structure to the safety team, knowledge to the leadership team and inspiration to the organisation.”


      Excellence in return to work for business
      The Westpac Group

      Westpac’s return to work program starts well before an injury even occurs. By educating their people, early reporting, proactive use of medical services and active engagement by management, Westpac staff receive quick and effective support, should the worst happen.

      Australia’s first bank takes a ‘whole of life’ approach to worker safety and return to work, understanding that every worker’s situation is unique and a workplace injury can have a much greater impact on a worker’s life than how they do their job.

      As well as minimising risks and creating a sustainable safety culture, Westpac undertakes regular reporting on hazards and near misses, early pain and discomfort detection, implementation of the InjuryNET doctor service, injury management guides for leaders and an extensive suitable duties library.

      “Wellbeing depends on managing the balance between work and personal factors”


      Return to work achievement award for workers
      Jennifer Saben - UnitingCare Ageing NSW ACT

      For Jennifer Saben, not being in control of day-to-day tasks after her injury was almost worse than the pain. After some tough days and dark nights, it was a strong support network and her determination to get back to the job and residents that she loves that led to a fast recovery.

      While working as a recreational activities officer for UnitingCare Ageing, Jennifer fell and sustained bilateral fractures to both of her wrists and elbows. As a single mother of two, she faced a challenging period of recovery, including eight weeks without the use of her arms.

      With the support her workplace, friends and family Jennifer returned to work on suitable duties as soon as she could. Now after almost six months of intense treatment and rehabilitation, not to mention plenty of restless nights due to frustration and a feeling of helplessness, she has returned to her pre-injury role.

      "Being surrounded by colleagues is the best support you can have"


      SafeWork NSW Safety Leadership Award
      Craig Murray - Sydney Fish Market

      Sydney Fish Market’s Craig Murray believes that exposing the safety weaknesses of a business and bringing them into the open is the first step to addressing them. Through this willingness to work with other businesses to improve their safety flaws, Craig personifies safety leadership.

      As the Sydney Fish Market’s WHS Environmental Systems Manager, Craig has made a number of changes to his workplace, including a review of hazard and incident reporting and facilitating learnings for a number of businesses within the Markets. It is his work with other businesses, however, that truly sets him apart.

      Since participating as a mentee is SafeWork NSW’s mentor program, Craig has shared his knowledge with a number of organisations, encouraging nine other businesses from the Market to become mentees. His journey from mentee to mentor is now complete, having partnered with a small landscaping business to share his knowledge and expertise.

      "The management of WHS issues across industries only varies in application, not in theory"

      Best workplace health and safety management system (private sector)
      K&D Plumbing/K&D Civil

      ‘Pipeline’, the aptly-named management system for plumbing and civil infrastructure services provider K&D, has not only created a strong focus on workplace safety but has revolutionised the way they handle every facet of their business.

      Pipeline uses the latest technology to make the system available to all workers via smartphones and tablets; ideal for a mobile workforce that spends much of its time away from headquarters. In an instant, workers can access safety training, risk management tools, safety alerts, legislation, plant and equipment safety records and return to work resources.

      With only one lost time injury in the last five years, K&D have gone above and beyond what is expected of a business of their size and have built a safety framework that can grow and evolve with them.    


      Best workplace health and safety management system (public sector)
      Hornsby Shire Council

      While a work health and safety management system can appear effective on paper, closer scrutiny can yield surprising results, as Hornsby Shire Council discovered.

      With around 600 employees in workplaces ranging from construction sites to libraries, Hornsby Shire Council had doubts that their safety system was being embraced at the organisation’s ‘coal face’. The result was an 18-month audit program aimed at measuring the uptake of the system in each and every one of their 120 teams.

      By undertaking one-on-one engagement with their workers the Council identified a significant number of gaps, including 746 areas of non-compliance. The Council promptly implemented major improvements as part of a ‘renovated’ safety system; 87 per cent of these issues had been closed out by mid-2014.


      Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue
      Patrick Autocare

      Through a combination of road and rail, Patrick Autocare provides motor vehicle processing, storage and distribution to manufacturers, dealerships and the general public. For workers this means a lot of loading, securing and unloading of vehicles.

      As expected, manual handling on this scale can take a toll on a worker’s body. In fact, 86 per cent of all Patrick Autocare’s workers compensation claims resulted from worker body stress, often due to manually levering straps to keep vehicles in place.

      Manual hand-operated pull levers are soon to be a thing of the past, however, with the introduction of Patrick Autocare’s automated tie down straps. With the push of a button workers can safely and effortlessly secure the vehicle, while a motorised winch does all of the heavy lifting.


      Best workplace health and safety practices in a small business
      Wicked Berries Pty Ltd

      Wicked Berries is a small company with big ambitions. So when developing a work health and safety system, they needed to think ahead to develop procedures that could support a growing business for the long term.

      The Coffs Harbour-based business specialises in gift-boxed chocolate-dipped strawberries, which are packed and distributed Australia-wide. With only four staff members they are the true definition of a micro business, but even the smallest workplace can have its fair share of safety risks.

      A number of simple yet effective solutions have been implemented, ranging from machinery safeguards and visible safety procedures, to storage boxes that are colour-coded by weight. Future franchises will also be audited every 12 months to ensure compliance with safety procedures.

      By initiating good safety practices at the ground level Wicked Berries’ future is sound, with a safety culture embedded in the workplace from the very beginning.

      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (employee)
      James Wensley (OneSteel)

      Given that he’s responsible for the operation of a 135 tonne crane, it’s surprising to learn that James ‘Jim’ Wensley lacked the confidence to pursue his ambitions of making a difference to safety in the steelworks industry. It wasn’t until undertaking a Certificate IV in training and assessment that he was provided with the tools and knowledge - as well as the confidence - to make some changes.

      Jim’s passion for safety has since gone above and beyond the expectations of his role to help improve OneSteel’s practices, systems and processes. As well as personally undertaking all internal competency assessments of crane driving, rigging and dogging at the Sydney Steel Mill, Jim also runs regular safety meetings and mentors his colleagues to observe and identify potential hazards.

      As a result, the number of reported hazards has steadily increased. Jim is leading the way in a cultural shift that has meant improvements in injury rates, competency standards and process reviews.


      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (WHS manager or representative)
      Luke Sullivan (Staging Connections)

      With a young and highly mobile workforce, the events industry has been facing somewhat of a safety crisis in recent years. Staging Connections, an audio-visual company with over 750 employees across Australia, was not immune to this.

      Enter Luke Sullivan, who upon commencing at Staging Connections was faced with the challenge of keeping a workforce that spent much of its time on the road and on-site, safe.

      The result is Stagesafe; the first risk management system designed specifically for the events industry. In addition to a robust system, key to Stagesafe is a mobile app, allowing workers on-site to access the system any time and any place.

      In just two years the lost time injury rate at Staging Connections was more than halved. This improvement was too significant for Staging Connections to keep the product to themselves, and they have since made the app available to the rest of the industry.


      Excellence in return to work for business
      Baxter Healthcare

      As a global medical products and services company, Baxter Healthcare takes the same innovative and passionate approach to improving patients’ lives as it does to providing positive return to work (RTW) outcomes for its own staff.

      On-site safety specialists are trained in understanding the mechanisms of injury, the typical effects on the body and psyche, the treatment required and the drivers of positive recovery outcomes. The result is a proactive and empathetic approach to injury management, allowing timely and long-lasting RTW solutions.

      There are also a number of personal touches, such as an individual wellness system where staff can log in to a personal profile and track their status.

      Through early reporting and prompt supportive intervention, Baxter’s injury outcomes have markedly improved, reflected in their workers compensation experience rate currently at half of the industry average.


      Return to work achievement award for workers
      Sgt Mathew Johnson (NSW Police Force)

      After suffering a back injury as weapons trainer at Goulburn Academy, Sgt Mathew Johnson went on to re-injure it even further during a violent arrest. This run of bad luck culminated in a third injury, forcing Mathew to take a lengthy period off work.

      After some dark periods, including the moment he reported being unable to use his legs, Mathew decided that the person most responsible for his recovery was him.

      By maintaining strong relationships with medical specialists, his case manager, supervisors and colleagues, Mathew has been proactive in his involvement in the rehabilitation process, undertaking the physical and psychological treatment with enthusiasm and passion.

      Mathew is now the Richmond local area command education development officer. Although his recovery process is still ongoing, he recently had his medical status upgraded, allowing him to assist with operational shifts inthe field as general duties supervising sergeant.


      WorkCover NSW Safety Leadership Award
      Hunter-New England Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

      In many workplaces a near miss is met with a sigh of relief. In the case of Hunter-New England Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS), however, there isn’t always a second chance.

      Operating four aircraft from two bases, WRHS provides a 24 hour aeromedical search and rescue service to communities over an area of 132,000 km2. In such a high-risk workplace, quality workplace safety systems can literally mean the difference between life and death.

      The safety initiatives developed by WRHS are too many to list, but each is designed to keep the pilots, crew and medical staff safe. As well as reductions in injuries and serious incidents, hazard reporting in the last eight years has increased by an outstanding 673 per cent.

      WRHS is also keen to share their experience by presenting their systems to other organisations and partnering with WorkCover to spread the safety message.


      Best workplace health and safety management system (private sector)

      Veolia Environmental Services NSW

      Veolia Environmental Solutions NSW made a commitment to improve safety awareness, to reduce injuries and to further decrease the risk of harm to its employees.

      A new safety system ‘Always Safe – No Compromise’ was developed by Veolia aimed at establishing a proud safety culture and minimising risk. Through visible leadership activities, an emphasis on hazard and risk mitigation and increased safety training, Veolia successfully communicated the importance of safety at home and in the workplace, while reinforcingthat safety is everyone’s responsibility.

      Although Veolia has since seen an increase in hazard near misses reported, there has been a significant reduction in injuries and this year saw their lowest ever rolling lost time injury frequency rate – zero.


      Best workplace health and safety management system (public sector)

      State Water Corporation

      Following a management restructure in 2009, State Water’s leadership team agreed to shift the workplace safety focus from simply complying, to making it an integral part of their culture.

      The solution was to reinvigorate the expectations of staff and elevate the general profile of work safety within the business. Improvements were initially made to the induction and orientation of new starters, Board buy-in was achieved and auditing was increased.

      While the journey is one of continual improvement, the benefits are already starting to show. Lost time injury frequency has dropped, as has the number of claims and the cost of premiums. State Water cite no single reason for the improved performance, but rather a company-wide commitment to a number of initiatives that can best be described as ‘safety culture’.


      Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue
      Bridge Solutions Alliance

      The Bridge Solutions Alliance (BSA), comprising of Roads and Maritime Services, Baulderstone, Freyssinet and SAGE Automation, was formed to undertake significant maintenance works on Sydney’s ANZAC Bridge. As the largest cable stayed bridge in Australia and a major traffic artery, the WHS risks involved in the project were considerable.

      In response to these unique challenges BSA developed the Custom Engineered Bridge Access System to provide a safe means of access and material transport to undertake the project works. This fully integrated system allowed BSA to safely access the bridge to undertake work and provided a solution for transporting materials to required work locations.

      As a result, BSA was able to address the risks of falls from height, falling objects, manual handling, working adjacent to traffic and pedestrians, and working over water.


      Best workplace health and safety practices in a small business
      Zetco Valves Pty Ltd

      Zetco is a nationwide distributor of valves, specialising in the importation and distribution of heavy metal valves for plumbing and industrial applications. Day-to-day operations of the organisation included manually handling heavy cartons, accessing shelves by ladder and working amongst forklifts, all within a large warehouse with no heating or cooling.

      The company’s safety committee recently obtained diplomas in work health and safety, and as part of their dedication to safety for their workers, implemented a number of effective solutions.

      An extensive list of improvements included a motorised packing line and a vacuum lifting system to aid with manual handling, anti-fatigue rubber mats and roof ventilation to improve the working environment, a forklift warning system, and work assist vehicles to reduce the risk of working at heights.


      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (employee)
      Rod Cook (North Coast TAFE)

      Working in a number of high risk areas at TAFE campuses across the north coast of NSW, Rod Cook has gone above and beyond his job description to make his workmates safer. While work health and safety is not his responsibility, Rod has taken a keen interest in the welfare of staff, students and visitors who use the work areas he maintains.

      Rod was recently required to set up a workshop and store area, for which he developed a standard operating procedure for the machinery, as well as a detailed induction procedure that has since been made mandatory for all participating students. A number of locations across North Coast TAFE have implemented a similar approach to student inductions, affectinghundreds of people across the region with the potential to be implemented at other campuses.


      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (WHS manager or representative)
      Sean Redmond (TOT Transport)

      TOT Transport uses a significant owner driver fleet, a model which presents unique and complex work health and safety challenges. As manager of business improvement and safety, Sean Redmond is passionate about not just constantly improving the business processes of the organisation, but ensuring that every worker returns home safely day after day.

      Sean has amassed an impressive list of individual contributions to the organisation’s safety, based on a core set of ‘Target Zero’ safety values. He designed and implemented an extensive range of safety and return to work policies – more than 25 in total – all in consultation with a network of key industry bodies.

      Some of Sean’s other key achievements include improved worker inductions, safer driver timesheets, vehicle safety audits, industry-best protective equipment and increased incident reporting.


      Return to work achievement award for workers
      Adam Forsythe (A.H. Beard Bedding Pty Ltd)

      When a rehabilitation provider deemed Adam Forsythe unfit and unable to return to his job, his first reaction was to ask ‘what else can I do?’ Adam had suffered a bulged disc in his spine while unloading a container as part of his job as warehouse supervisor and was keen to return to work in any capacity.

      Adam’s employer A.H Beard Bedding determined that, given Adam’s experiences, he would be perfect for the role of safety officer. After extensive training Adam not only found his feet, but flourished in his new role. He possesses first-hand knowledge of the emotional effects of injury, and asks workers to consider how an injury will affect their home life.

      Since taking on the role, Adam has seen a huge change in the company’s safety culture, experiencing their lowest recorded injury rate and a record time period without an LTI injury.


      WorkCover NSW Safety Leadership Award
      Cerebral Palsy Alliance

      Tracy Mellor’s exceptional leadership is demonstrated by her passion for work health and safety in the disability/community sector. As part of a relatively small team, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Work Health and Safety and Injury Manager Tracy has gone out of her way to assist others in her industry in creating a safe workplace.

      As part of the WorkCover Mentor Program, Tracy went above and beyond her brief by conducting research into work health and safety for lone workers and sharing her knowledge throughout the industry. Businesses in this sector are often run with minimal staff and rely on government funding.

      Tracy has been able to share her philosophy that ‘safety is not about spending a lot of money – it can be easy’.


      Best workplace health and safety management system
      Bega Cheese

      The rapid expansion of Bega Cheese five years ago created a challenge for management to ensure the company’s workplace safety systems kept pace with its growth. An increase in incidents and injuries indicated there was a need to boost safety systems. In 2008, Bega Cheese set in motion a ‘safety first’ culture, designed to improve the health and wellbeing of its workers. Major revisions to their existing workplace safety systems commenced, including the introduction of automation for high risk manual handling tasks and a behavioural safety program.The introduction of the Bega Cheese Safety System database has improved injury reporting, allowing risks to be addressed faster. During 2010-11, claims were reduced by more than 40 per cent and time-lost hours reduced by almost 4,000 on the previous period. Bega Cheese is now developing a Fit for Work policy to address fatigue and drug and alcohol risks at work.


      Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue

      Manual ‘de-dagging’ of concrete agitators is possibly one of the most dangerous activities in the concrete industry today. The task involves workers physically entering the agitator with a jackhammer to remove the dried residue. Workers undertaking this task face risks such as silicosis, hearing loss, engulfment, heat stress, fatigue, RSI and falling concrete.Agi-Kleen was established as a response to the demand in the concreting industry for a safer, faster and more cost effective method of cleaning and maintaining concrete agitator bowls. By utilising a high-pressure water system to remove the built up ‘dead’ concrete and discharging it, the need to physically enter the agitator is now completely eliminated.


      Best workplace health and safety practices in a small business
      NA Group

      Road works by their very nature are inherently dangerous and as a leader in road construction and maintenance, NA Group believes safety should always be the number one driver in their business. NA Group not only focuses on the safety of their workers – they also need to consider other road users during maintenance while ensuring the work undertaken does not pose hazards for drivers.To improve safety performance during road works NA Group introduced a paperless document management system. It includes zero harm operational forms and capacity for ‘near miss’ and incident management reporting. Dedicated safety officers at each site are equipped with tablets to complete their safety system documentation. This ensures paperwork such as risk assessments, induction training and the results of tool-box talks, do not get lost and can be easily updated as a job progresses.

      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (employee)
      Ben Woodbridge - Daracon Group Pty Ltd

      Working for one of the Hunter’s leading civil engineering contractors as a welder, Ben Woodbridge identified risks in the storage and manual handling of welding materials, including gas bottles. Tools used in welding were required to be manually lifted on and off trucks and moved around work sites. Although a welder, Ben took the initiative to design and fabricate a new crate, mostly in his own time outside of work hours. Prior to fabrication Ben consulted with management and staff through a toolbox talk.The crate has successfully allowed for the safe storage of tools during transportation and has significantly reduced manual handling activities involved with welding.The welding crate can be lifted on and off a truck using plant such as a front end loader or hi-ab crane. Ben’s design received full engineering certification and the welding crate has various applications in the storage and transportation of tools across Daracon’s operational divisions.


      Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety (WHS manager or representative)
      Jennifer Ringor - Aristocrat Technologies

      With the introduction of harmonised work health and safety laws, Jennifer developed a due diligence framework to raise awareness among management of their new obligations. Jennifer conducted more than 40 training workshops over three months reaching 90 per cent of senior management. Jennifer has raised awareness among line managers about their role in safety, particularly timely injury reporting.She has also introduced more structured return to work processes including working more closely with injured workers during their rehabilitation. Jennifer also introduced lead indicator reporting and measuring systems across two divisions, developing four new measures that will assist in establishing more realistic safety performance indicators.As a result of Jennifer's efforts, workers compensation claims have consistently decreased across the organisation.


      WorkCover NSW Safety Leadership Award
      Construction Safety Education Forum

      The forum is a group of 40 industry members that provides free work health and safety education and resources to the high risk construction industry. The forum includes volunteers from regulators, unions and employers groups; as well as contractors and large construction companies that identify solutions to safety issues.The group has held six forums and eight presentations during the year, providing education on a range of issues including bullying, fatigue in the crane industry and youth suicide in construction. Significant achievements include the group’s small business mentoring program, where large construction firms assist small organisations to develop safe work method statements tailored to their business. The development of a falls prevention committee and the completion of a nationally recognised training module for users of swing stages are among projects completed in 2012.