Following the postponement of the 2020 Hunter Safety Awards, 13 winners have been announced across a range of organisational and individual categories.
The Hunter's biggest night in the WHS calendar was due to be held Friday, August 6 at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre (NEX) - after being postponed from March 2020 - but was cancelled due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Hunter Safety Awards Founder, Sarah-Jane Dunford, said while the decision was devastating, it was the right thing to do.
"As the leading safety event in the Hunter Region, we had to lead by example and made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the event," Sarah-Jane said.
"While the event was cancelled, we still wanted to recognise the hard work and achievements of the winners."
Now in its fifth year, the Awards recognised businesses across 13 different categories of health and safety, with a further exploration of mental health being evident across submitted entries.
Major winners included Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG), who walked away with the prestigious 'Gold' Safety Helmet in the WHS Business of the Year category.
Sarah-Jane said NCIG's dedication to implementing innovative health and wellbeing programs across their workplace was a key asset that stood out in their entry.
"Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group's entry demonstrated an approach to safety that embraced all the important facets of WHS, which is what gave them that award-winning factor," Sarah-Jane said. "Their program 'Move For Your Mind' is a great example of how the organisation are leading the way in their approach to safety."
NCIG Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Johansen, said that it was an honour to be recognised in the Hunter for their approach to safety.
"It is an achievement that reflects the commitment shown to Health and Safety by everyone on our site," Aaron said. "Our Health and Safety culture at NCIG is driven by real passion and it is incredible to be a part of a workforce that enthusiastically gets involved in programs rolled out on site. We are very proud of both our Safety Vitals Program and our Move for your Mind initiative that have contributed to this award.
"We will continue to uphold the positive health and safety culture at NCIG as we see the benefits in our workplace every day."
2020 Hunter Safety Awards winners:
- WHS Business of the Year: NCIG
- Best Health and Wellbeing Program (Large Organisation): Daracon
- Best Health and Wellbeing Program (SME): Body and Mind 2000
- Best WHS Improvement (Large Organisation): WesTrac
- Best WHS Improvement (SME): Norsu Group
- Best WHS Management System (Large Organisation): Asplundh
- Best WHS Management System (SME): Mainstream Industries
- Most Innovative WHS Idea (Large Organisation): Laing O'Rourke
- Most Innovative WHS Idea (SME): Novecom
- WHS Student of the Year: Jaime Collins (Glencore)
- WHS Champion of the Year: Jenny Rudder (Singleton Council)
- Young WHS Leader of the Year: Aaron Jones (Critical Alpha)
- Best WHS Training Program: Ethos Health
The Hunter Safety Awards acknowledge local businesses who have integrated work, health and safety as part of their core business.