Project up for safety award
Fonterra’s Stanhope factory upgrade has been nominated for a Victorian health and safety award.
The project was listed as a nominee in WorkSafe’s 2017 commitment to workplace health and wellbeing section.
While its dairy factory underwent significant expansion, Fonterra wanted to make its large contractor workforce feel valued so contractors would value each other and keep themselves safe.
To improve workplace culture, the Major Capital Projects Team developed a ‘village’ on the site to build a sense of community among contractors.
The village includes collaborative meeting spaces, recreational spaces, a cafe´ that provides healthy meals and a range of support services to help workers deal with the impact of living away from family and friends. Fonterra is among 23 finalists. The awards recognise outstanding contributions to workplace health and safety and to helping injured workers return to work.
The finalists come from a wide range of industries including hospitality, retail, health care, local government, manufacturing, emergency services and education.
WorkSafe chief executive Clare Amies said each finalist had shown an ability to go above and beyond in helping make Victorian workplaces safer or in returning to work after an injury.
‘‘All of the finalists recognise the importance of prevention of injury and illness in the workplace, and they share an incredible passion for keeping workers safe and supporting injured workers returning to work,’’ Ms Amies said.
‘‘WorkSafe is also so thrilled to see such steely determination in the finalists who have overcome an injury or obstacles and returned to safe work.’’
Finance Minister Robin Scott congratulated all the finalists for their outstanding contributions to workplace health and safety.
‘‘It is both satisfying and reassuring to see such variety in the way Victorian businesses and workers are addressing health and safety issues,’’ Mr Scott said.
‘‘All the finalists should be commended for developing new initiatives, inventions and ways of working that reflect a real commitment to safer and happier workplaces.’’
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the Crown Palladium on October 19 as part of Health and Safety Month.