2020 Award Winners

2020 Award Winner: Andrew Hastings, Linfox

Andrew Hastings is recognised for his quick thinking, leadership, courage, selfless actions and compassion towards others.
Andrew attended a serious vehicle collision and went to the aid of multiple motorists who had been trapped or injured. Andrew was responsible for
freeing trapped motorists from a burning vehicle and saving the lives of at least two people involved in the incident.
Andrew then attended a second vehicle, climbed into the passenger seat to comfort and reassure the driver in his final moments before succumbing to his injuries. Andrew’s conduct as a professional driver before, during and after this critical incident is a credit to him and an outstanding example to others.


2020 Award Winner Level Crossing Removal Project

The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) was established by the Victorian Government to oversee one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the
state’s history.

LXRP is part of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and their projects fall under Victoria’s Big Build. Central to the project is the elimination of 75 level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2025, in addition to other rail network upgrades such as new train stations, track duplication and train stabling yards.

LXRP projects strive to improve the accessibility, amenity and functionality of the area around them to leave a positive legacy for years to come. Keeping communities informed about construction and consulted on potential opportunities is vital for the delivery of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

There are many ways LXRP keep communities informed and involved, including newsletters, advertising, signage, community information sessions and social media.

2020 Award Winner: Glen Cook

Glen Cook (Cookie), is an experienced and enthusiastic Principal Community Safety Specialist. Cookie is extremely passionate about raising powerline safety awareness not only within Queensland and Australia, but has recently presented in the USA on powerline safety.

Working as an electrician for over 30 years within the construction and utilities industries, he has been a first responder to serious injury/burns and fatalities due to third party accidental contact with powerlines. He has developed a strong belief in the importance of educating the broader community to the dangers of accidental contact with overhead and underground powerlines.

Cookie was the driving force behind the award winning www.lookupandlive.com.au free powerline mapping application that is assisting workers plan work near powerlines.


2020 Award Winner: Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins, Australian National University

Andrew Hopkins is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He was an expert witness at the Royal Commission into the 1998 Exxon gas plant explosion near Melbourne. He was a consultant to the US Chemical Safety Board in its investigation of the BP Texas City Refinery disaster of 2005, and also for its investigation into the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010.

He has written books about all these accidents. More than 90,000 copies of his books have been sold. Andrew has been involved in various government WHS reviews and has done consultancy work for major companies in the resources sector, as well as for Defence.

He speaks regularly to audiences around the world about the causes of major accidents. Andrew has a BSc and an MA from the Australian National University, a PhD from the University of Connecticut, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety

2020 Award Winner: FBR

FBR Limited (ASX:FBR) is an Australian robotics company developing and commercialising digital construction solutions. FBR designs, develops, builds and operates dynamically stabilised robots to address global needs. These robots are designed to work outdoors using the company’s core Dynamic Stabilisation Technology (DST™).
FBR is commercialising products for the construction sector together with DST™-enabled solutions for other industries.

FBR’s future objectives include plans in motion to establish and deploy WaaS™ (Wall as a Service) globally, in addition to developing future robotic prototypes.


2020 Award Winner: City of South Perth

The City of South Perth (the City) is a progressive Local Government agency that prides itself on delivering excellent service to the community. The City values the contribution of all employees and understands that the workforce is one of its most valuable resources. Being a competitive employer in the labour market and being able to consistently attract and retain highly skilled employees is important to the City. To achieve this the City is committed to creating a values driven, high performing culture where everyone is encouraged to thrive. The City aims to attract and retain outstanding employees who have a connection to their work and own their part in making a difference to the community. Not only are there obvious non-financial benefits for employees in having a workplace wellness program but there is also an evidentiary connection between the availability of these benefits and a healthy workforce leading to less sick days and more engaged and productive workers.

2020 Award Winner: Anne-Marie Thompson, St John of God Healthcare

Anne-Marie’s approach as a HSR has been highly constructive in that she listens and engages extremely well with caregivers, she understands the importance of managing risks and is pragmatic when it comes to resolving issues.

In her role Anne-Marie has advocated for a safer way to transfer patients between the Restorative Unit and SKG Radiology, which involved moving patients on a trolley between buildings outside and over rough pavements, causing uncomfortable jolting and jarring to patients.

This led to several changes being made in the hospital, including a new gel mattress being purchased for the transfer trolley, expansion joints being filled to improve comfort for patients and a trial of a new automated trolley to improve manual handling for caregivers undertaking the patient transfers


2020 Award Winner: Laing O’Rourke / Presien

Laing O’Rourke is an international construction and engineering enterprise with 50 years of involvement in Australian building and infrastructure, including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. The business is currently delivering some of Australia’s most exciting projects across the transport, building construction, defence, airports, mining, civil and social infrastructure sectors.

Laing O’Rourke is committed to becoming the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry and has twice been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 most innovative businesses by BRW Magazine. Laing O’Rourke is commercialising the AI vision technology under the brand Presien.

2020 Award Winner: WesTrac
As one of the largest authorised Caterpillar equipment dealers in the world, with locations spanning NSW, ACT and WA, WesTrac has been known to set the benchmark in the machinery and construction industry for over 30 years.

WesTrac is not only committed to delivering outstanding value to their customers, they are also striving to add value to the community.

Currently,WesTrac employs more than 3,000 team members, along with 140 apprentices enrolled in WesTrac nationally accredited training institute.

WesTrac provides its customers with a wide range of machinery and construction equipment as well as comprehensive whole-of-life management solutions designed to make owning and operating equipment as easy, profitable and safe as possible.


2020 Award Winner: Louise Howard, Sydney Metro

Louise Howard is the Deputy Executive Director, Health, Safety & Security on Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project, Sydney Metro. She represents Sydney Metro on the client side of a $40 billion dollar program of new autonomous railways.

In her current role, Louise leads a team of 30 professionals across a portfolio of mega projects, each at a different phase in the project life-cycle (design through to operations). Louise’s primary role is ensuring Sydney Metro meets its legal obligations across Work Health Safety, Rail Safety and Heavy Vehicle National law as well as driving industry to excel in the health and safety space and ensure Sydney Metro is known as the safest program of infrastructure built to date.

Louise’s drive comes from working with both a great team of health and safety professionals in a collaborative approach, but also personal experience of a workplace injury that has ignited her passion to keep people safe at work.