Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has opened nominations for the state’s 2018 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.
The awards focus on promoting safe work practices, with the state government calling for nominations from those helping to keep people safe at work, or getting injured workers back to work.
“This is about recognising and sharing success stories of organisations and individuals who are doing great things for Queensland when it comes to work health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work,” Ms. Grace said in a statement.
“These awards are a platform to share ideas and solutions with others so that all working Queenslanders can go home safely to their families at the end of each day,” she said.
Last year’s winners included an alert system that prevents a truck being overloaded, a smart solution to prevent falls through stair voids on construction sites, systems for staying safe around overhead powerlines, and an individual’s efforts to get injured workers back on the job in Queensland’s far north.
The 2018 winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Brisbane on Tuesday 2 October. Winners will be awarded up to $2000 in prize money.
The Safe Work and Return to Work Awards are broken into 10 categories:
– Category one – Best solution to an identified health and safety issue
– Category two – Best individual contribution to work health and safety
– Category three – Best solution to an identified electrical safety issue
– Category four – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance
– Category five – Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative
– Category six – Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety (entrants for this category are chosen from categories one to five)
– Category seven – Injured worker achievement award
– Category eight – Best rehabilitation and return to work system
– Category nine – Best individual contribution to rehabilitation and return to work
– Category ten – Best demonstrated leadership in return to work (entrants for this category are chosen from categories seven to nine).
Nominations can be submitted at worksafe.qld.gov.au.
Entries close Monday 29 June.