Project up for safety award

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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.

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