The Queensland EHS Awards were announced on 7 September and presented by Simon Finn, the Queensland Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology.
Boral Construction Materials? efforts to change community perceptions of the quarrying industry paid off as it collected the Best Overall Environmental Innovation Award. Boral was lauded for its adoption of a comprehensive environment and stakeholder management approach by forming nine community liaison groups at 19 projects at key quarrying operations in the State.
Holcim Australia picked up the Overall Award for Health and Safety Innovation. The company was recognised for its initiative addressing unintentional and habitual at-risk behaviour at its Brisbane and Gold Coast operations.
The other recipients of awards were:
- Environmental Innovation (Concrete) ? Nielsens for construction of its new Stapylton concrete plant.
- Environmental Innovation (Extractive) – Hanson for rehabilitation initiatives at its Wolffdene Quarry site.
- Highly Commended Environmental Innovations:
- Hanson for the redevelopment of its existing Bundaberg site to comply with and exceed current environmental parameters.
- Boral for the development of a koala fodder plantation on its Narangba Quarry buffer land.
- Health and Safety Innovation (Extractive) – Hanson for a Zero Harm program at its Wolffdene and Nerang quarries.
The WA EHS Awards were announced on 16 September and presented by the Honourable Alyssa Hayden MLC for WA?s Eastern Metropolitan region.
The major award for Environmental Innovation went to Holcim for an innovative noise control solution to lower blow noise on tankers at its East Perth concrete batching plant. Holcim also picked up the Health and Safety Innovation Award for the use of squirrel wheel nut loosening prevention systems and the development of agitator roll guards for its Perth-based pre-mixed transport fleet. Other notable winners were:
- Environmental Best Performance (Extractive) – WA Limestone for sustainable, sequential land use, achieved by extracting basic raw materials as part of a land development at its Flynn Drive Quarry site at Neerabup.
- Health and Safety Best Performance (Extractive) – Rocla for the introduction of personal locator beacons for employees working in remote sites.
The winners of the Best Overall Environmental Innovation and Health and Safety Best Performance in each State will be showcased and judged at the national CCAA EHS Awards, to be hosted at CMIC 12, the joint CCAA/IQA national construction materials conference in Melbourne from 19 to 22 September, 2012.
Source: Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia