Safety first


A Queensland bus operator is a finalist in the annual Safe Work Awards, as announced this week

Safety first
Safety first

By Amie Hickland | September 19, 2013

A Queensland bus operator’s Compliance and Workplace Health and Safety Officer has been given the honour of being finalist in this year’s state Safe Work Awards.

Michael Fyfe, of Transdev Queensland, has been named a finalist for best individual contribution to work health and safety – category four - this week.

Transdev Queensland Managing Director Colin Jennings says Fyfe’s nomination is a well-deserved honour for the company.

"Since he commenced the Safety role at Transdev Queensland four years ago, the business has seen a massive reduction in workplace incidents and injuries, with our Lost Time Injury frequency rate reducing by 85 per cent."

He says the secret to Fyfe’s success is his strive to continually improve health and safety for all employees - irrespective of status or experience.

"He actually maintains his passenger transport driver’s accreditation even though it’s not a requirement of his job, because he believes the ability to put himself literally in the driver’s seat at a bus company makes him better able to walk the talk of safety," says Jennings.

"His involvement with any project or task doesn’t end when the paperwork is done, he’ll commit to seeing the job through even if he’s the sweep up guy at the end."

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says Queensland is tackling work safety head on and winning and these awards shows just what can be achieved when government and industry work together.

"It doesn’t matter whether you work in Weipa or Woodridge, Cairns or Coolangatta, all Queenslanders deserve to go to work and return safely to their loved ones at the end of the day."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 8 and winners from categories one to four would compete in the national awards early next year.

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