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A number of businesses and organisations in South Australia have been commended for their exceptional efforts in promoting a safe workplace.

The winners of the SA edition of the annual Safe Work Awards were announced at a ceremony on November 1, in celebration of their innovation and leadership in the field of workplace safety.

More than 60 entrants vied for the honours in four award categories this year, which Safe Work SA said was an indication of the ongoing commitment from the state’s businesses to improve work health and safety standards.

Tom Phillips, presiding member of the Safe Work SA advisory council, said he was pleased with the direction in which SA businesses were heading.

“Recognising and rewarding innovative ideas, practices, leadership and commitment to work health and safety is central to ensuring that all of our workers return home safely,” he said at the awards event.

“South Australia has long been home to innovators and tonight’s eight award winners remind us that this tradition is alive and well.”

FMCG company George Weston Foods Tip Top South Australia took out the title of Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System. Its achievement was aided by a series of minor but effective tweaks such as improved bread stack heights, which led to a 60 per cent reduction in injuries.

A total of three organisations claimed awards in the Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue category. These included the City of Charles Sturt, which commissioned a purpose-built truck to limit manual tasks and injuries, and Flinders Logistics, who developed an improved system of loading bulk minerals onto ships.

It is clear that to win any of these Safe Work awards, innovation and proactivity is required on the part of the employer to ensure a safer workplace. Investing in occupational health and safety courses for your workforce could be an ideal place to start in reducing workplace injuries.

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