A BOYUP Brook farmer has won prestigious national occupational health and safety awards, for an innovation that has potential applications in the minerals industry.
Boyup Brook farmer Peter Bradford, of PW and CJ Bradford, won the Best Workplace Health and Safety Practices in Small Business award for his invention of a portable aluminium standpipe system for filling water tanks on trucks from overhead.
Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts congratulated PW and CJ Bradford on winning national Safe Work Australia Awards.
“Western Australian entrants received two of the five Awards, demonstrating the serious commitment to safe workplaces that exists in this State,” Roberts said.
Bradford was nominated for the national award after winning category 3 for best workplace health and safety practices in small business in the 2006 Work Safety Awards Western Australia.
Bradford is also a volunteer fire fighter and developed the standpipe after experiencing a near-miss incident.
The standpipe innovation allows mobile tanks to be filled with water from overhead, reducing the hazards associated with manual handling of hoses and working at height.
The invention has potential applications in the minerals industry.
The judging panel described Bradford’s invention as ‘original, innovative and effective’, and said it had reduced the hazards of transferring water to a significant degree.
A total of 33 finalists across Australia competed for this year’s awards, presented by Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Joe Hockey and Australian Safety and Compensation Council chairman Bill Scales.
Scales said the individuals and organisations that won the Awards should be proud of the national recognition of their commitment to safety and health in the workplace.
“Individuals such as Peter Bradford deserve every accolade for their contribution to the State’s workplace safety and health.”
Bradford won Western Australian Work Safety Awards in October 2006, making them finalists in the national Awards.
The Minister encouraged businesses of all sizes to nominate for the 2007 Work Safety Awards.
*This article was first published in the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection’s MINESAFE Magazine MINESAFE Vol. 16, No. 1 — May 2007.
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