Safety record hits new heights for Busselton Water

Minister for Water Dave Kelly MLA today congratulated Busselton Water on yet another milestone in its already-impressive safety record – with the corporation achieving two years with no lost time injuries (LTI).

Minister Kelly toured Busselton Water’s water treatment plant and presented the safety team with a certificate to mark the achievement.

Busselton Water CEO Chris Elliott welcomed the Minister’s visit and said the latest milestone is a reflection on the corporation’s commitment to its safety systems and processes and regular training.

“Achieving two years with no lost time injuries is a magnificent achievement by any company with manual and field workers and shows the effort by all staff in taking safety seriously,” Mr Elliott said.

“It shows that the systems and procedures we’re using and the training we’re conducting is working. From management through to the workers, we are all committed to safety because we want everyone at Busselton Water to go home safely at the end of each shift.”

Commenting on how Busselton Water achieved this milestone, Mr Elliott said operational staff recently completed training on risk assessment, asbestos removal and ‘lockout tag-out’ procedures.

“We’ve also introduced a regular safety breakfast where either a safety video is shown or a five minute presentation is given on safety matters,” he added.

The two-year no LTI achievement follows Busselton Water’s prestigious IFAP/CGU Gold Safe Way Achiever Award from the Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention and a WorkSafe Plan Gold Achievement Award, from safety regulator WorkSafe, for its outstanding safety record and best practice occupational health and safety management systems. In 2016, the corporation also achieved a perfect All Injury Frequency Rate (AIFR).

“Everyone should be proud of this accomplishment and should look at this as a building block to continue improving the strong safety culture we’ve cultivated.”

A lost time injury is when a staff member is injured at work and they lose one full shift or more.