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Public transport chief claims top OHS gong

The leader of a top Australasian public transport company has received an award for his commitment to promoting a safe working environment.

Transdev Australasia CEO Jonathan Metcalfe has been named Safety Ambassador of the Year, in recognition of his efforts to keep both employees and users of his services safe.

Criteria for the award include evidence of leading by example to raise awareness of keeping the workplace safe, as well as actively encouraging peers to get involved with work health and safety.

For instance, getting workers to speak up about potential hazards was an example of the type of behaviour the award sought in candidates.

With more than 4,800 staff members working across a variety of public transport services across Australia, this was never going to be an easy task – but Mr Metcalfe’s “passion, innovation and influence” allowed him to take the award, according to Safe Work Australia.

“Leading from the top down, Jonathan displayed true leadership by pushing safety as a priority for Transdev Australasia,” Safe Work Australia CEO Rex Hoy said in an October 24 statement.

“Driving his motivation for safety excellence is the philosophy that great organisations are differentiated by the culture and values underpinning what they do. He has worked tirelessly to improve the safety culture within Transdev.”

This safety culture was ingrained in every aspect of the business, from safety topics in every internal newsletter and meeting and regular safety campaigns led by Mr Metcalfe himself.

One need only look at the figures reported by Transdev to see the true impact Mr Metcalfe has had on the organisation. Transdev recorded its lowest ever lost time injury frequency rate in 2013, and this number is well on its way to reaching new lows at the end of this year.

There is no doubt that Mr Metcalfe also recognised the value of occupational health and safety courses in achieving this feat. By keeping staff up to speed with OHS best practices, any organisation can aspire to the standards set by Mr Metcalfe.

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