Toyota worker wins state safety award

Phyl Hilton from Toyota’s Altona Plant has taken out the Award for Health and Safety Representative of the Year in this year’s WorkSafe Victoria Awards.

Phyl Hilton from Toyota’s Altona Plant has taken out the Award for Health and Safety Representative of the Year in this year’s WorkSafe Victoria Awards.

Phyl was one of four contenders for the title of Health and Safety Representative of the Year, which acknowledges health and safety representatives who have made a difference to health and safety within their designated work group.

Phyl has been a health and safety representative for 10 years and was nominated for his dedication to his role.

He has played an integral part in many initiatives at Toyota’s Altona Plant, including the design and construction of weld bay facilities, the procurement of portable fume extractors and the development of press plant policies in English and Japanese.

He was also part of the Traffic Management Control Working Party and the Working at Heights and Trades Hazard Mapping projects.

He is committed to developing and driving safety knowledge among Toyota apprentices and actively mentors and coaches fellow health and safety representatives.

WorkSafe’s Executive Director, Health and Safety, John Merritt, said the Award recipients, as well as all of the finalists, should be extremely proud of their achievements.

“Active Health and Safety Representatives are at the front line of ensuring Victorian workplaces are as safe as possible. They rely on understanding the issues, building and maintaining relationships.

“It’s not always an easy job, but it is important and can have a real impact on making Victorian workplaces safer.”