The winners and highly commended entries in the ASI’s National Health and Safety Excellence Awards for 2010 were announced at the Gala Dinner event held at Crown Melbourne on 13 September.

Generously sponsored by Sparke Helmore Lawyers, the Awards recognise exemplary efforts in preventing accidents and lifting health in steel related workplaces in the categories of Individual, Site and Improvement Initiative.

The Individual Award went to Mechanical Planner - Projects Supervisor at OneSteel’s Rolling Mills in Laverton, Victoria, Robin Unger for his tireless efforts in monitoring safety performance and instilling a responsible work culture up and down the command chain at the mills.

Offline operator, Frank Rocchi from OneSteel’s Whyalla steel mills was Highly Commended in that category.

CMC Coil Steels’ Processing Centre in Brisbane won the Site Award for clocking up 2584 LTI-free days to July 2010.

Ahrens’ facility in Kingsford, South Australia was Highly Commended.

OneSteel Reinforcing’s Brisbane plant won the Improvement Initiative Award for its Pneumatic Winch Puller to prevent neck and shoulder strains from manually chain-restraining loads to trucks.

There are two Highly Commended entries in that category – OneSteel’s steel mill in western Sydney for its Billet Disconnect work and last year’s winner in the category, Pacific Steel Group in New Zealand, this time for its Cooling Conveyor Coil Cutters development.

Kay Graf from Pacific Steel NZ will be giving a brief overview of the company’s 2009 winning Improvement Initiative, the Wellness Program over the coming months as part of an Australian Government subsidised national series of seminars.


Name: Phil Casey
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