Dingley’s Australia Pacific Paper Products was, like many large Victorian manufacturers, trying to manage safety in areas where forklifts and pedestrians were forced to share the same workspace.
Now they not only have a system that eliminated a dangerous machinery risk, but also have a WorkSafe Award for their achievement.
Dingley’s Australia Pacific Paper Products was tonight presented with the Award for Best Solution for a Health and Safety Risk for developing a walkway and automated gate system that separates pedestrians and forklifts.
Best Solution for a Health and Safety Risk does this by directing pedestrians through covered walkways and stops forklifts at gates, when pedestrians cross a path used by forklifts.
The process was designed by a committee, which discussed ideas before coming up with what they identified as the safest solution to engineer-out the safety risk.
Australia Pacific Paper Products was one of six Awards recipients announced at tonight’s WorkSafe Awards presentation.
According to WorkSafe Victoria’s a common thread linking all award recipients was that they did not work in isolation, but took a collaborative approach to workplace safety.
This year’s WorkSafe Victoria Awards recipients have one thing in common, an understanding that working together to come up with safety solutions works best.
Consultation, involving staff, seeking input, working together, these are all phrases associated with the individuals and organisations recognised. They have made outstanding contributions, not only to improve the safety of their colleagues, but also the wider community.
The WorkSafe Awards continually uncovered innovative organisations and individuals who developed solutions to specific risks, or who went the extra mile to ensure their workplace was safe for others.
The genuine commitment seen every year through these awards, gives us a real buzz to know messages are getting through and being embraced by so many.
By making safety an integral part of what they do, all WorkSafe Awards finalists are winners because they are helping us achieve this important goal by making Victoria a safer place to work.
A panel of judges representing industry, unions, employer associations and WorkSafe Victoria chose 22 finalists from more than 100 entries.