Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead has congratulated North Coast TAFE employee Rod Cook for being selected as a finalist in the 2013 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards.

Mr Cook is finalist in the Best individual contribution to workplace safety category for his dedication to the health and safety of staff, students and visitors.

Although not employed as a workplace safety official, after being tasked with setting up a new workshop area, Rod developed a standard operating procedure for the safe operation of machinery.

Mr Cook also created a detailed induction procedure that has since been made mandatory for all participating students

“I congratulate Mr Cook for going beyond the scope of his role and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone around him,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Already multiple campuses of North Coast TAFE have implemented a similar approach to inductions, helping to reduce the risk of injury to thousands of students across the region.

“The initiative also has the potential to be rolled out across other TAFE campuses in NSW,” he said.

Mr Bromhead said this year WorkCover received 141 entries – the second highest number of entrants in the ten years since the awards program began.

Mr Cook is one of 22 finalists from across NSW. Eight winners from six categories will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday October 31.

“Every entry marks a safety achievement reflecting either a reduction in lost time injuries or the introduction of a new initiative to make their business safer and ultimately more productive,” Bromhead said.

Over the past decade, 45 awards have been handed to businesses from a range of industries across metropolitan and regional NSW as part of the annual WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards program.

“Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of the working day and North Coast TAFE and Mr Cook should be congratulated for sharing their safety and injury management achievements with their industry peers to help drive wider change,” Mr Bromhead said.

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