Celebrating Safe Work Month: HVTC's Safety Champions

Last month was National Safe Work Month, during which we recognised some of our apprentices and trainees as HVTC Safety Champions. These employees were nominated by their Field Officers for doing a little extra in their day to day roles to promote best practice health and safety in the workplace.

Well done to each of our 2019 Safety Champions:

Rowan Low (hosted to Liebherr-Australia), 3rd year mobile plant apprentice
Rowan has been proactive regarding safety while working with his host Liebherr-Australia. He goes above and beyond what is required from a workplace safety perspective, completing all mandatory pre-start paperwork & checks, and regularly contributing to the random safety observations in the workshop. This has meant Rowan and the team at the MT Thorley workshop haven't had a Lost Time Injury for over 2 years. What a fantastic achievement for Rowan and his colleagues.

Nicholas Clark (hosted to Maules Creek Coal), Automotive Electrical Technology apprentice
Nick was recently selected to join the Emergency Response Team (ERT) to participate in a competition and represent Maules Creek. Being part of the ERT is all about the safe rescuing of mine workers and includes assessing of risks and hazards, eliminating or controlling those hazards and ensuring the safety of yourself, surrounding workers and the person you are rescuing. As well as the ERT training Nick has completed, he works on site at Maules Creek where safety is non-negotiable as they are constantly working in different environments and around heavy machinery. Nick attends daily prestart meetings before shift and is always completing regular TAKE 5’s for each job he is assigned to.

Minuette Barnes (hosted to Bean and Grill Hexham), Hospitality trainee
Minnie was nominated by HVTC Field Officer Libby Lawrence for stepping up to help manage the business while the owner was overseas on holidays. During this time, Minnie and her supervisor were visited by the NSW Food Authority - City of Newcastle and were monitored and assessed for Hygiene and Food safety practices within the café. Due to the excellent training and commitment shown by Minnie regarding hygiene and safe food handling processes and housekeeping, the business received an excellent rating. Minnie regularly completes take fives for all her day to day tasks and activities, is proactive with her learning and development and is a safety champion within the business.

Hannah Bryant (hosted to Orrcon Steel), 1st year Electrical apprentice
Hannah was nominated by HVTC Field Officer Jo Hoy for her good understanding of safe work practices. Jo recently completed a 'Line of Fire' Take 5 with Hannah and was impressed by how well Hannah responded to questions, readily identifying moving hazards and explaining clearly how to ensure her own personal safety and that of others around her.

Aaron Coomb (hosted to Shoalhaven City Council – Shoalhaven Water), 3rd year apprentice Fitter-Machinist
Aaron has been nominated by his Field Officer Debbie Jones for always thinking outside the square and not being afraid to speak up if he has any concerns. Deb said she has never seen Aaron take short cuts, nor has he ever been pulled up for risky behaviour. He regularly completes his TAKE 5 and participates in Toolbox Box Talks at the start of every job to complete risk assessments.

Michael Uphill (hosted to Origin), 4th year Engineering Mechanical apprentice
Northern Regions Manager Matt Eschler nominated Origin apprentice Michael Uphill for the Safety Champion. Michael is part of a team that celebrated 5 years with no lost time injuries at Origin and was recently presented his “5-year Zero Harm” gift. Michael is a stand-out performer when it comes to the way he approaches safety in the workplace. He has outstanding work rating reports and scores highly on safety. Prior to this role, Michael completed a Certificate 4 in Work Health and Safety and implemented the Safety Plan for his previous business.

Dean Arnold (hosted to J&S Engineering & Maintenance), 1st year fabrication apprentice
Dean took it upon himself to report a serious breach of safety policy at his Host Employer site. One of his co-workers wasn't wearing a harness while working on scaffolding and was climbing on an unsecured surface. Dean warned his co-worker of the potential dangers of his actions and urged him to put on a harness. His requests were continually ignored, so Dean decided to report the safety breach to a supervisor. He informed the WHS Officer about the situation and it was rectified immediately. Despite being a junior apprentice, Dean made the right call speaking up about this breach of safety, potentially saving the co-worker from a serious injury, or worse.

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