National Safety Award
Our winner for 2016 - Queensland Glass Pty Ltd. for the Armour Safety Programme.
Left to Right: Peter Collishaw, Queensland Glass, Peter Westcott, Workplace Health and Safety, Queensland.
Following a number of serious injuries in their operations, Queensland Glass recognised that most were musculoskeletal in nature, with an emphasis on injuries due to heavy lifting and awkward body positioning. After investigating, it was established that the manual-handling training workers were receiving from external training organisations was limited regarding the specific tasks their workers were performing.
Queensland Glass engaged a musculoskeletal specialist to design a targeted training program and deliver it to their workforce. A DVD was developed incorporating critical manual handling techniques to assist with the retraining of existing workers and the induction of new employees.
Concurrently, an App was developed for Smart devices that enabled all necessary safety and quality documentation to be managed in real time. All documentation, including SWMS, Prestarts, Toolbox meetings, Site Inspections, Incident reports & Investigations, can be managed via this App.
An online training program has also been developed, which includes: inductions; manual-handling training for all staff; notifications of pending training; records of past training; and, performance reviews. This program also allows Queensland Glass to induct and prequalify subcontractors.
Implementation of this system has seen Queensland Glass reduce it’s number of serious injuries to zero over 12 months. The Safety Management System which is incorporated into the company’s Integrated Management System is certified to AS/NZS 4801.