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Awards recognise national WHS achievements

Media release

 - 19 Sep 2018

An innovative solution to safety risks at a port and an early intervention program that dramatically reduced injuries for airline staff are among the winners of the 2018 Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards.

The awards were presented at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last night as part of Comcare’s National Conference. They recognise achievement in delivering safer and healthier workplaces in a jurisdiction covering 400,000 workers and 200 employers.

Comcare CEO Jennifer Taylor said the awards celebrated leadership and innovation across the diverse national safety, rehabilitation and compensation scheme.

“The initiatives show how much opportunity there is to deliver significant, positive change in workplace safety and rehabilitation,” Ms Taylor said.

“It’s important to reward these achievements and inspire others to reduce hazards and injury in the workplace.”

Engineering and construction firm John Holland received two awards. The company’s design and development of a gantry that provided a significantly safer environment for workers maintaining the jetty at the Dalrymple Bay coal port in Queensland won the Prevention Award.  John Holland’s efforts to help a group of employees with long-term incapacity claims won the Recovery at and Return to Work Award.

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Cameron Symons was recognised with an Individual Contribution Award for designing a management system for heat stress in firefighting training. Virgin Australia received the Early Intervention Award for achieving a significant reduction in physical injuries for cabin crew through a new triage service

2018 award winners

Prevention: John Holland Pty Ltd, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Management Mobile Swing Stage Gantry

Early Intervention:
Virgin Australia Airlines, Remote and onsite healthcare initiatives

Recovery At and Return to Work:
John Holland Group Pty Ltd, Intensive Rehabilitation for long term incapacity

Individual Contribution:
Petty Officer Cameron Symons, Royal Australian Navy Department of Defence.

The full list of winners and finalists is available on the Comcare website.

For more information:
media@comcare.gov.au
0478 305 675

Page last updated: 19 Sep 2018