At Watpac, safety is our number one priority – and everyone’s responsibility.
Our safety values and processes are embedded in our culture and prevail across our national operating divisions through the professionalism, experience and commitment of our personnel.
Good safety practices are recognised, rewarded and shared across the Group so that our people and the communities in which we operate can continuously benefit from this focus.
In FY13 Watpac Construction implemented a National Safety Management System across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia to comply with new health and safety laws set by the Council of Australian Governments.
Watpac Construction’s new Work Health and Safety (WHS) Management System streamlines the Company’s overall approach to work health and safety nationally. The new system is supported by a campaign called – STOP. THINK. ACT. WORK SAFE. HOME SAFE – a philosophy Watpac has instilled in its workforce, including subcontractors, to help ensure all workers return home safely every day.
The roll out of the new system involved a safety road show for more than 600 Watpac employees.
A number of employees also undertook a Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma in WHS training to equip them with the necessary skills to gain a nationally recognised qualification and enhance their current authority to function as Project Safety Advisors.
Watpac Construction worked 7.7 million hours in the 2013 financial year and delivered a diligent safety performance. The recorded Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) and Medical Treatment Injury Rate (MTIR) were both lower than the national average.
Watpac Civil and Mining’s safety record remained strong in FY13, with a zero LTIFR, down from 3.0 in FY12. The division’s Business Unit Safety Leadership Program involves representatives within regional operations providing additional focus to the safety aspects of projects.
Importantly, national management systems were re-certified to achieve AS4801 (safety), ISO9001 (quality assurance) and ISO14001 (environmental). Watpac is also accredited with the Office of the Federal Safety Commission.