Commitment to Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing
This year disability service provider Scope rolled out its ScopeSAFE health and safety system across four divisions, 226 locations and 2500 employees. It has ensured positive employee engagement, improved manual handling techniques, improved occupational violence and aggression support and increased early intervention on safety issues.
Return to Work Co-ordinator Excellence
Winnie Tjong - Northern Health
Winnie Tjong is driven to make the return to work process easier for injured employees at Northern Health. As the return to work coordinator, Winnie has approached insurance agent Xchanging with ideas for expediting invoicing and payments so workers experience less impact on their financial wellbeing while recovering. She has also implemented an injury assist phone service, onsite physiotherapy and a job demands checklist for GPs.
Leading Return to Work Practice by an Employer
Baw Baw Shire Council
In 2018, the Baw Baw Shire Council updated its early intervention and supported work programs to provide better immediate assistance to staff for work and non-work related injuries. This includes 10 days of lost time paid at their full salary and $500 for medical expenses, supporting injured staff through the 28-day waiting period of a WorkCover claim. Currently, 100 per cent of injury management cases are for non-work injuries, demonstrating the council's commitment to employees.
Worker Return to Work Achievement
Alex McCrae - H.I.M Spares
After being forced to leave his position as a diesel mechanic following years of bullying and harassment, Alex McCrae was determined to return to work as soon as possible. This included undertaking numerous interviews and training. Despite being knocked back following interviews Alex persisted and was eventually able to secure work at H.I.M Spares.
Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue
Reece Group - Ute Side Lifter
Reece developed the Ute Side Lifter to remove the need to manually handle hot water units weighing up to 180kg, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Instead of lifting the units in and out of ute trays by hand, the company now has a custom device made that is attached to vehicles to assist with lifting heavy items.
St John of God Health Care - Mark Keating
As acting supply operations manager, Mark Keating has maintained a consistent approach to safety and gained the respect and trust of his warehouse team. He leads team education on safety through weekly meetings and consultation, empowering workers to speak up to ensure all tasks are performed safely.
Health and Safety Invention of the Year
Sigmatec Pty Ltd - Poster Rise
Sigmatec developed the Poster Rise in order to reduce the need for retail workers to use ladders while installing posters at height in store. The Poster Rise allows employees to safely install posters at height via remote control, without their feet leaving the ground.
Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue
Belle Banne Conveyor Services - Knifeless Splice
Employees at Belle Banne realised that 80 per cent of injuries at their workplace were lacerations caused by using knives to splice conveyor belts or repair damaged sections of rubber. In response, the company developed a knifeless splice technique. This involved identifying 10 actions that required a knife and implementing an alternative method for doing each task. Belle Banne has not had a knife injury since.
Health and Safety Representative of the Year
Sally Collier-Clarke and Sara Jorgensen - Bendigo Health
Sally Collier-Clarke and Sara Jorgensen have represented their colleagues on health and safety matters at Bendigo Health since 2018. They successfully campaigned to have the number of staff on the ward during night shifts increased from seven to eight nurses and always work to ensure their colleagues can provide a high level of clinical care, without risking their health and safety.