Today Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Baxter announced the winner of the inaugural Workplace Participation Reward—Howe Farming Enterprises.

The banana growers from Queensland beat over 60 entries to take out the prize for demonstrating outstanding commitment, participation and creativity to raise the awareness of work health and safety throughout Safe Work Australia Month in October.

In congratulating the winner on their achievements, Ms Baxter said “Howe Farming Enterprises have shown a creative and inspiring approach to work health and safety.”

“Their entry highlighted some simple yet effective activities that not only raise awareness of some of their key work health and safety issues but will have a lasting impact.

“Congratulations—it is through the efforts of organisations like Howe Farming Enterprises and others that participated in Safety Month that we will achieve our vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives.

During the month Howe Farming Enterprises undertook a different activity each week at their three banana farms:

  • Sun Safety-Wear a Hat—targeting skin cancer avoidance, sun safety and hydration
  • Work-Readiness-Morning Stretches—targeting work fitness and avoidance of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Healthy eating-Nutrition— targeting food, energy and nutrition, and
  • Emergency first Aid- Injury Impact—which focused on workplace policies and incident responses.

They also arranged a presentation from a Work Health and Safety Queensland inspector to discuss the trauma and financial hardship experienced by families of injured workers.

This was the first time Howe Farming Enterprises participated in Safe Work Australia Month. For their efforts the second generation, family-owned company receive a prize pack valued up to $5000 which includes entry into a 2015 work health and safety conference, expo or event based in Australia.

For more information on Howe Farming Enterprises’ winning entry or the Workplace Participation Reward visit www.swa.gov.au.

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