Employees and companies applauded for safe hard work

AN INJURED employee whose goal was to get back to work and a Toowoomba company determined to put its employees first are two finalists in statewide safe work awards.

The FKG Group from Toowoomba has been shortlisted for the employer achievement award - large employer in the 2015 Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.

With a strong focus on recovery and wellbeing, the company implemented a return to work policy and strategy ensuring all employees knew the benefits entitled to those injured.

The company said savings in workers' compensation premiums generated has been considerable, with their rate 42% less than the industry average.

Malcolm Valler from Golding Contractors in Chinchilla is in the running for the injured worker achievement award - return to work after rupturing a tendon in his left shoulder.

He slipped and fell forward, using his hand to break his fall.

Despite his injury, he maintained a positive outlook to achieve his goal of returning to his full pre-injury duties.

Treasurer and Industrial Relations Minister Curtis Pitt will on Tuesday officially announce the businesses and individuals named as finalists.

He said businesses and individuals from a wide range of industries had also been drawn from Cairns, Collinsville, Proserpine, Mackay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The New Hope Group is a finalist in the best workplace health and wellbeing initiative category.

Nathan Hurtz was teaching Stanthorpe State High School Year 12 students about horse riding when he was thrown off in the sand yard and landed on his head.

He needed a halo device for three months and took eight months off work to recover and a further eight months before he returned to work full-time.

Rugby league legend and Queensland Safety Ambassador Shane Webcke will attend the awards night in Brisbane in October.

"These great stories are what the Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards are all about," Mr Pitt said.


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