Annual Safe Work Australia Awards winners announced.
Leaders in Australian work health and safety were recognised at the 6th annual Safe Work Australia Awards, presented at Parliament House in Canberra last night.
Safe Work Australia Chair, Mr Tom Phillips AM, said that the genuine commitment of the 38 finalists to safety in their workplaces is acknowledged by their nomination in the awards.
"The Safe Work Australia Awards recognise the important work that organisations and individuals are doing to make work health and safety a top priority and ensure everyone returns home safely from work each day.
"More than 135 000 Australians are seriously injured at work each year and more than 260 die as a result of work-related injuries. This can be prevented through the adoption of safer work practices," said Mr Phillips.
"This is a timely event to reinforce the importance of safe work practices as we prepare for the changes to work health and safety regulation across Australia.
Finalists in each of the four awards categories are winners in the state, territory, Seacare or Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) awards.
The Awards judging panel, a joint effort from state, territory, union and employer representatives, and Safe Work Australia, considered each finalist's award submission before deciding on the final winners.
"I encourage businesses and individuals to follow in the footsteps of these winners and enter the awards at their jurisdictional level so they too can receive national recognition for their efforts", said Mr Phillips.
Each year, the Awards provide an opportunity to focus the attention of Australians on one of the most important aspects of our work life, which is ensuring the safety of ourselves and our colleagues.
To show you value the importance of health and safety in the workplace, get involved in Safe Work Australia Week by organising an activity in your workplace. National Safe Work Australia Week will be held from 23 to 29 October 2011.