Wastewater alliance tops national workplace safety awards

A PERTH wastewater company has pipped some of Australia’s largest companies for the title of Australia’s safest workplace.

A PERTH wastewater company has pipped some of Australia’s largest companies for the title of Australia’s safest workplace.

Sunset Coast Water took out the major award in the 2008 National Safety Council of Australia/SKILLED Group National Safety Awards of Excellence.

The national awards are held annually by the NSCA to recognise outstanding workplace safety initiatives.

Sunset Coast Water received the 2008 ExxonMobil Award for Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for a risk management system that has helped achieve 450,000 hours worked with no lost time or medical treatment injuries.

Sunset Coast Water is an alliance of four wastewater industry companies servicing the WA Government’s Water Corporation.

Annual awards ceremony on October 2 at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel was the 16th held by the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) to recognise outstanding achievement by companies in the area of OHS practice.

Master of ceremonies for the night was George Negus. Negus is the host of SBS current affairs show Dateline.

The award winners in the eight OHS categories were:

• 2008 ExxonMobil Award for Excellence in OHS: Sunset Coast Water in Perth, WA (winner).

• Telstra Business Excellence Through OHS&E Management Award: Fairfield City Council in Fairfield, NSW (winner).

• Boeing Best Implementation of a Specific OHS Management System Award: Sunset Coast Water in Perth, WA (winner); Lubrizol International in Silverwater, NSW (highly commended).

• John Holland Group Construction Industry OHS Award: Leighton Contractors in Ipswich, Queensland (winner).

• Railcorp Best OHS Training Program: Lubrizol International in Silverwater, NSW (winner).

• Best Solution Of An OHS Specific Workplace Risk Award: RoadTek in Brisbane, Queensland (winner); Alcoa Australia Rolled Products in Yennora, NSW (highly commended).

• National Safety Magazine Best Communication of A Safety Message Award: MB Century Drilling in Wacol, Queensland (winner); CitiPower and Powercor Australia in Melbourne, Victoria (highly commended).

• NSCA Member of the Year: Investa Asset Management in Sydney, NSW.

CEO and managing director of the NSCA Colin Seery praised the high standard of the 19 finalists in this year’s award.

He said Sunset Coast Water’s achievement in winning both the best implementation of a specific OHS management system category — and the overall award of excellence — was specially remarkable in view of its relatively small workforce of only 140 people.

“The foundation of the integrated risk management systems is based on benchmarking individual safety systems of the four alliance partners (John Holland, Worley Parsons, Kellogg Brown and Root and Water Corporation),” Seery said.

“Each alliance partner has suppliers, trainers, sub-contractors and service providers who are all covered by the alliance safety systems.

“More than 2,000 people have completed the site safety, quality and environmental inductions,” he said.

Workplaces in NSW received five category awards in this year’s national awards, Queensland three, WA two and Victoria one.

The annual NSCA awards are designed to highlight achievements in OHS performance by Australian companies.

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