Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George has congratulated Tweed Shire Council for being selected as a finalist in the 2013 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards.

The Council has been selected as a finalist in Best workplace health and safety management system category for their ongoing dedication to improving work health and safety outcomes and reducing incidents and injuries.

Mr George said the Council been recognised for turning their safety record around following poor safety outcomes and high workers compensation premiums.

“Tweed Shire Council put in place an organisation-wide improvement program based on robust risk management and reporting as well as more effective return to work initiatives for injured workers,” Mr George said.

“Since the program was rolled out in 2010 Council has seen a reduction in injuries, claims costs and lower workers compensation premiums.

“I commend Tweed Shire Council for their efforts in working to ensure its staff are kept safe on the job.”

This year WorkCover received 141 entries - the second highest number of entrants in the 10 years since the Awards program began.

Tweed Shire Council is one of 22 finalists from across NSW. Eight winners from six categories will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday October 31.

In the past decade, 45 awards have been handed to businesses from a range of industries across metropolitan and regional NSW as part of the annual WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards program.

“Every entry marks a safety achievement reflecting either a reduction in lost time injuries or the introduction of a new initiative to make their business safer and ultimately more productive,” Mr George said.

“Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of the working day and Tweed Shire Council should be congratulated for sharing their safety and injury management achievements with industry peers to help drive wider change.”

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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