Awards help slash work injuries

THE Freestone Group, run by the Bryce family, has been named a finalist in Queensland's 2010 Work Safe Awards in the small business category.

The winners, to be announced during Safe Work Australia Week from October 24 to 30, will share in $5000 prize money and go on to contest the national Safe Work Australia Awards.

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the awards were an important part of the State Government's commitment to reducing death and injury rates in Queensland workplaces.

“These awards honour innovation and success in cutting workplace fatalities and injuries – so all these companies and individuals deserve acclaim whether they win or not,” Mr Dick said.

“The finalists are from across the state and represent a diverse range of industries.

“The awards show that anyone, anywhere, can help make our workplaces safer.

“Cutting the $5 billion cost to the Queensland economy, as well as the tragic death and injury toll in our workplaces, is a priority for the Queensland Government.”

Mr Dick said the 2010 Work Safe Awards were a major part of our efforts to get the community thinking smarter and ensuring their loved ones return home from work each day.

“Some of the finalists have slashed their own workplace injury rates by the changes they have made,” he said.

“These types of innovations can inspire or even be adopted by other employers to help protect their workers.”

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