Ostwald Bros Wins Queensland Safety Excellence Award

Dalby-based construction and resource services company Ostwald Bros has been awarded the State’s highest construction safety accolade at a gala dinner in Brisbane .

The Queensland Project Safety Excellence Award, presented by the Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA), the construction industry’s peak body, is designed to recognise outstanding contributions to workplace health and safety at a project level. In particular, the Award seeks to recognise innovation and the project manager’s own personal commitment to safety initiatives.

Ostwald Bros COO Steve Abson said he was incredibly proud of the team involved with its APLNG Rig Pads & Roads Project who beat five other contenders to take out the top award. “The project, located in Queensland’s Surat Basin, involves the provision of appropriate access roads and stable, flat, safe rig pads on which gas drilling facilities can be established for the operation of an energised gas field,” Mr Abson said. “The project is spread over a vast area which is loosely bounded by the townships of Chinchilla, Miles, Roma and Wandoan and generally has no road network.

“Our team used modern technologies like Google Earth to develop a smartphone APP to make tracking patterns in remote and rugged terrain safer and also developing a pilot Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system for site reviews without being exposed to the hazards of traversing the field. “We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace in all of our operations but it’s definitely a great achievement for a privately owned family company like Ostwald Bros to achieve big things, particularly for innovative projects like this and to be recognised by industry peers at the highest level.”

QMCA President Tony Hackett said the Queensland Project Safety Excellence Award, now in its 14th year, is the State’s most prestigious construction industry safety award. “This year’s award was a closely fought battle with Ostwald Bros coming out on top against some of the biggest construction giants in the Queensland industry and I congratulate them on this accomplishment,” Mr Hackett said. “Ostwald Bros was a stand-out performer and their passionate approach and relentless pursuit in keeping people safe was definitely on display. Our annual safety excellence award encourages ever-higher safety standards and showcases the tremendous work of our member companies in this critical area.”

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