Congratulations to our Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) team whose proposal won the National Safe Work Month People’s Choice Award for 2018.

As part of Safe Work Month in October, Safe Work Australia offered funding to companies that could detail a project that would improve health and safety at work. Coffey’s solutions focused HSSE team proposed the investigation of the benefits of ergonomic design of hand augers.

Using a hand auger is a highly manual task that is used for finding water, soil samples and service locations. While there are ergonomic designs for hand augers, an assessment of the benefits of these designs has never been undertaken.

“We proposed to conduct an assessment and recommend design improvements that could be made to hand augers to reduce injuries with this manual task.” said Julie Taylor HSSE Manager.

Out of more than 70 entrants, Coffey topped a shortlist of five successful entries in the competition. Our winning entry was picked by public vote to receive an extra $5,000 in addition to the winning grant of $7,000. 

Well done to our HSSE team who have clearly demonstrated how living the Coffey values through ‘exploring new ideas’ can produce solutions we can be proud of.

To read more about the awards click here