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Austral Precast

Winner of 2017 Queensland Safe Work Awards

Category four – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance

Austral Precast, a precast concrete producer, introduced the 'No Harm' program to maintain zero medical treatment and lost time injuries. Culture is a centrepiece of the program, which is based on five Cs:

  • Collaboration – Peer reviews of injuries, identification hazards and opportunities for improvement. This has included colleagues from other sites, external auditors and Workplace Health and Safety inspectors.
  • Coaching – Buddy systems, increased external training opportunities and monthly training days, ELearning access from smart devices.
  • Commitment – Daily safety walks by management, regular behavioural “safe act audits”, the offer of regular health checks for employees, and monthly management reviews of safety targets.
  • Communication – Safety display boards, toolbox talks, and hard cards for staff to quickly and easily communicate hazards to the relevant person.
  • Celebrations – Workplace events such as BBQs and awards for employees.

The program has improved productivity, reduced staff turnover, decreased industrial action due to safety incidents and led to a reduction of recordable injuries in a short period of time.

Austral Precast has seen progressive improvement in behavioural audit results and achieved a 100 per cent stay at work rate since 2013–14 and 100 per cent final return to work outcome for the last five years.

Regular workplace inspections are undertaken.
Regular workplace inspections are undertaken