Finalists for the Queensland Safe Work Awards announced

| September 12, 2018

Queensland’s Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced the finalists in the 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards, with 35 finalists across 10 categories.

Ms Grace said the awards aim to recognise outstanding organisations and individuals doing great things for Queensland when it comes to work health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work.

“This year’s finalists have been selected by our expert judges from around 150 entries,” Ms Grace said.

“I congratulate the exceptional efforts of all the impressive Queensland businesses and individuals who submitted an entry this year.

“I’m pleased to see this year’s finalists hail from all parts of Queensland.

“For example, the injured worker achievement category is dominated by brave individuals from the north – places like Cairns, Cannonvale and Cungulla.

“All three finalists have shown great courage, making amazing recoveries to return to work.

“One of five finalists in the Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative Category, is Toowoomba-based drilling company Easternwell which has developed the Live Well Program for FIFO workers.

Ms Grace said this year’s finalists showcased outstanding, innovative and practical solutions for workplace health and safety.

“There are some fine examples of organisations finding ways to make sure Queenslanders can go home safely to their families at the end of each day,” she said.

“For example, Mater Health Services has introduced a designated rehab team with direct access to medical specialists.

“The Christmas Creek Cattle Company has come up with a simple solution for an age-old problem, by using large culverts under the road to safely move livestock from one property to another.”

The winners of the 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards will be announced in October.


Category 1 – Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue

John Holland Pty Ltd (M/L organisation) – Fortitude Valley
Christmas Creek Cattle Company (S/M organisation) – Rolleston
Fulton Hogan – Stapylton

Category two – Best individual contribution to work health and safety

Laurel Johnson – Simonds Homes Pty Ltd – Melbourne
Naomi Kemp – The University of Queensland – Graceville
Wes Johnston – John Holland Pty Ltd – Fortitude Valley

Category three – Best solution to an identified electrical safety issue

P.T. Automation Solutions – Nerang
The BGW Group – Pinkenba
SDF Electrical Pty Ltd – Sunnybank Hills
Icon Co – Milton

Category four – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance

Gateway Motorway Services – Murarrie
Mitchell Services – Seventeen Mile Rocks
Skyline Landscape Services – Nerang
NRG Gladstone Power Station – Gladstone

Category five – Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative

Bama Group – Bungalow
Scentre Group – Upper Coomera
Easternwell – Toowoomba
A&L Windows – Stapylton
Ventia Utility Services – Pinkenba

Category six – Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety

Christmas Creek Cattle Company – Rolleston
Simonds Homes Pty Ltd
Mitchell Services – Seventeen Mile Rocks
Scentre Group – Upper Coomera

Category seven – Injured worker achievement awards

Rebecca Metcalf – Good Shepherd Home, Cungulla
David Anderson – The Watersports Guys, Cannonvale
Katherine Fenech – Queensland Ambulance Service, Cairns

Category eight – Best rehabilitation and return to work management system

SEE Civil Pty Ltd – Helensvale
Mater Health Services – South Brisbane
Bunnings, Upper Mount Gravatt
Lunar Mining Services and BMA Broadmeadows Mine – Emerald

Category nine – Best individual contribution to rehabilitation and return to work

Timothy Gallagher – Kelly Services, Brisbane
Janelle Paton – Hastings Deering, Paget
Alistair Jackson – The Good Guys Discount Warehouse, Essendon Fields

Category ten – Best demonstrated leadership in return to work

Tim Gallagher – Kelly Services, Brisbane
Mater Health Service, South Brisbane