2022 WorkSafe Award finalists put safety in the spotlight

Wednesday, 18 January, 2023

2022 WorkSafe Award finalists put safety in the spotlight

WorkSafe Victoria has revealed the finalists for the WorkSafe Awards, to be presented in February. Nineteen finalists across six categories have been shortlisted for the awards, which are now in their 33rd year. The awards recognise those who have made a significant contribution to improving health and safety within a workplace. The winners will be announced on 23 February, with tickets on sale now.

Workers from a range of industries are represented in categories that highlight the efforts of health and safety representatives and the resolve of injured workers in returning to work. Among the finalists are organisations that have shown leadership in OHS issues, implemented significant safety solutions, helped injured workers return to employment, and made a commitment to helping prevent mental injury in the workplace. Industries represented include construction, education, health, maritime, retail, racing and agriculture.

With more than 120 nominations received, WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Narelle Beer said making the shortlist is a significant accomplishment in itself and congratulated all 19 finalists and those who took the time to nominate them for the awards.

“There are so many interesting, important and inspiring stories among the finalists and I’m proud that WorkSafe is shining a light on the fantastic work each is doing to improve health and safety in Victorian workplaces. In the health and safety representative category we’ve got finalists who have advocated for mental health support and highlighted sexual assault issues, while the safety solutions category features products that prevent backhoe rollovers and collisions on the docks,” Beer said.

Beer added that the awards event will be a coming-together of leading advocates for workplace health and safety and encouraged those passionate about improving health and safety in the workplace to come along. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at the Eventbrite website or by emailing awards@worksafe.vic.gov.au for more information.

A full list of the 2022 WorkSafe Awards finalists is available below:

Health and Safety Representative of the Year
  • Adrian Zammit (DP World)
  • Michelle Giovas (Monash University)
  • Bruce Mahaki (Toll Global Logistics)
  • Sheila Narayan (Office of Public Advocate)
  • Sean Aherne (InfraBuild)
OHS Leadership/Achievement
  • Renata Musolino (Victorian Trades Hall Council)
  • Delta Group
  • Goulburn Valley Safety Group
Commitment to Prevention of Mental Injury in the Workplace
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • CDC Victoria
Workplace Health and Safety Solution of the Year
  • Level Crossing Removal Project (Cranbourne line upgrade)
  • Synergetics Consulting Engineers (Towards zero exposure)
  • Consolidated Plant Services and Banyule City Council (Interlock backhoe mechanism)
  • Patrick Terminals Melbourne (Straddle proximity system)
Leading Return to Work Practice
  • Kmart
  • Berry Street
Worker Return to Work Achievement
  • David Wrout (Grampians Racing)
  • Alan Nicholson (GrainCorp)
  • Nicole Townsend (East Grampians Health Service)

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