Safe workers awarded

5 December 2018

JOHN Holland and Simonds Homes have taken out top gongs at the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.

Queensland Safety Ambassador, Shane Webcke said the event celebrated fantastic examples of safe work and return to work initiatives by individuals and businesses.

John Holland Pty Ltd won Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue through their maintenance of 1,706 marine piles across the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Marine Project which posed a number of risks.

The piles were hard to access and meant building complex scaffolds at height, with personnel working in harnesses over water, in tidal zones, with materials being manually handled in both downwards and upwards directions. John Holland’s solution to the accessibility of the piles was the development of a mobile swing-stage gantry.

The second hazard was protective coatings on the piles – mostly tar epoxy coatings. His solution was to stop using the coating and instead the piles were wrapped with a protective tape wrap system.

John Holland Project Manager Wes Johnston said the works were successful completed earlier this year ahead of schedule and without major incident.

“It’s a credit to everyone involved, and for it to be recognised with this award is an outstanding achievement, he said.

“When you look at the task, nearly every high risk attribute found in construction is at play here.

We knew we could nearly eliminate all the risks and make it safer and easier for the workers. That was something we didn’t want to walk away from.”

Lauren Johnson of Simonds Homes won Best individual contribution to work health and safety. Ms Johnson is a National Work Health Safety Manager. Her major achievements include an overhaul of the ‘Linksafe portal’ improving basic compliance of all sub-contractors on all sites, and introducing the 24-hour safety line within the company. This ensured that any worker, at any level, on any site in any state can raise a safety issue or get a safety question answered.

The awards ceremony formed part of Safe Work Month, an initiative of Workplace Health & Safety Queensland and was held in October.

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