All three ASI National Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Awards winners for 2009 were presented their awards at the Australian Steel Convention in Sydney on 20 November at a special luncheon ceremony sponsored by Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

Individual Award winner, Garry Meagher of OneSteel Australian Tube Mills in Newcastle employed a one-company mindset to communicate new ways of working to cut accidents.

Topping the Site Award category was Stramit Building Products in Bendigo Victoria that built new OH&S provisions that involved staff throughout the high-movements facility. Staff buy-in was integral to Pacific Steel Group’s Working Well project in New Zealand winning in the Improvement Initiative category that concentrated on improving the fitness and wellbeing of workers.

Awards organiser, the ASI’s National Safety Coordinator, Phil Casey said he was encouraged by the record number of entries this year and the support from member companies both large and small in facilitating improvements. “It’s pleasing to witness how protecting people is more than ever as much of a priority as profits and the environment for our industry,” he said. “There is definitely recognition out here that all those issues are closely interrelated and that responsible management of risk on the shop floor is good business.”


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