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State's top workplaces recognised at Annual Safety Awards


The state’s top workplaces have been recognised for their outstanding commitment to health and safety at the 2017 SafeWork Awards.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the awards recognise businesses and workers with the best workplace health and safety and return to work outcomes in NSW.

Mr Kean announced the nine winners across six categories in Sydney tonight, who had been selected from a field of 160 business and individual nominees.

“I will continue to work to ensure that anyone with a job in this state who heads off to work in the morning returns home safely to their family at night,” he said.

“I congratulate each and every award winner this evening for leading the way and setting the bar that all workplaces across this state can aspire to.” 

Mr Kean said winners include businesses and individuals from a range of industries who were demonstrating how innovation and forward thinking could contribute to improved safety and injury management.

‘This is a great opportunity for businesses and workers to think about how they too can create a better safety culture in their workplace,” he said.

“NSW is the nation’s leading economy so it’s only fitting that our workplaces should be the safest, healthiest, and most productive in the country.”

Mr Kean said workplace incidents are costing NSW billions of dollars, so it is clear more can be done to improve workplace health and safety across this State.

“These awards are a chance for businesses and workers to really think about how they, like Leadership in Safety Award Winner Paul Lyndon from Diona, can create an environment that puts worker safety at the centre of the business,” he said.

“Whether you are an employer or a worker, and regardless of your industry, occupation or background, at the end of the day workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.” 

SafeWork Awards Winners:

Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture - small business

Sailfish Catamarans, Alstonville

Excellence In Workplace Health And Safety Culture - big business

Port Stephens Council, Raymond Terrace

Best Solution To An Identified Workplace Health And Safety Issue - small business

The Lacket Company, Kiama Downs

Best Solution To An Identified Workplace Health And Safety Issue - big business

D&D Traffic Management, Unanderra    

Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety (A)

An employee, such as a health and safety representative, who does not have formal responsibility for work health and safety management as part of their duties                 

John Pearce - Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour

Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety (B)

An outstanding contribution by a WHS manager or a person with responsibility for WHS as part of their duties

Glenn Stewart - Calvary Health Care, Sydney  

Excellence in Recovery at Work for Business                      

Speciality Fashion Group, Alexandria

Recovery at Work Achievement Award for Injured Workers                     

David Nugent, Tarcutta

Safework NSW Leadership in Safety Award             

Paul Lyndon - Diona , Rouse Hill