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Australian rail company recognised for safety excellence in global awards


Leading Australian rail-based transport company, Aurizon won the Regional Safety Award for Asia Pacific at the DuPont Global Safety and Sustainability Awards.

Now in their 12th year, the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards honour outstanding initiatives by companies aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness.

Neil Backer, Vice President Safety, Health and Environment at Aurizon said the award was recognition for their hard work and commitment to improving safety in their business. He explained that the company had transformed their safety culture, processes and performance over the past seven years to deliver a safe workplace for their people, and safe operations for customers.

Aurizon’s journey towards the goal of becoming the world’s safest transport business began in 2009 when an internal employee and operational safety review revealed various shortcomings. Additionally, multiple safety management systems and processes within the business, coupled with several State, Territory and Federal regulatory requirements constrained accountability and reporting.

However, Aurizon embarked upon an immediate, enterprise-wide safety improvement program, working in collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, and stakeholders within the Company and Federal, State and Territory regulators to develop a Safety, Health and Environment Management data system. This system was designed to support harmonised compliance and management of compliance and incidents.

Key outcomes from this safety initiative for Aurizon included reducing Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) by 97 per cent from Financial Year 2010 to Financial Year 2015, which in turn improved the productivity and sustainability of the business; as well as achieving a 92 per cent reduction in their Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR); a 66 per cent reduction in Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs); and a 41 per cent reduction in Derailments from Financial Year 2010 to Financial Year 2015, since privatisation.

The DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards ceremony took place in Wilmington, Delaware, United States in October 2015. According to DuPont Sustainable Solutions President John Chrosniak, Aurizon, like DuPont, believes that progress in safety performance not only creates a better work environment for employees, but is critical to the Company’s success. 

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