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KI Again Wins Top LG Award for OHS

13 October 2004 (amended: 13 October 2004)

Kangaroo Island Council has again led the way at the 2004 Local Government Association (LGA) Workers Compensation Scheme Occupational Health & Safety Awards by scooping the Regional award for the second consecutive year.

The award was part of $70,000 in incentives provided to encourage both improved worker safety and management of public liability risks which were presented during the LGA's 'People-Prosperity-Place' conference at the Adelaide Convention centre last Friday (8 October 2004).

KI Council's 'Safer and Smarter Way To Build Footpaths' submission - for which it received a trophy and cheque for $20,000 - features an innovative footpath construction device that eliminates the manual handling component of the work. A low-cost solution, it reduces back and shoulder injuries and can be applied throughout local government.

The Metropolitan Award in the same category went to the City of Tea Tree Gully for its 'Library Best Practice in OHS' submission. By adopting a holistic approach to OHS when developing the new library, Tea Tree Gully achieved OHS improvements to building design and layout, created mobile shelving units to deliver improved manual handling and fine-tuned its Internet booking system to improve customer service. The Council received a cheque for $20,000 and a trophy for its efforts.

Metropolitan and Regional Risk Management Awards, offered by the LGA Mutual Liability Scheme, with prize money of $10,000 per award, were also presented to the City of Marion and the Town of Gawler respectively.

Marion was honoured for its 'Implementation of Geographic Information System (GIS) Footpath Audit System - Sustainable Infrastructure Management' submission that formalised a program of footpath auditing. An electric buggy rates footpaths to improve maintenance programming.

Gawler was rewarded for its development of an overall Event Management Resource System that provides a comprehensive checklist of issues to address in all types of events with Council involvement. Applicable to all Councils, it includes components such as event inspection and management plans, pre and post management checklists and procedural reviews of all systems.

The Local Government Occupational Health & Safety awards were originally offered in 1999 to encourage innovation in manual handling and have since expanded to reward cost effectiveness, broad local government application and workplace safety benefits. The Risk Management awards, also introduced in 1999, pay tribute to Councils' innovative and best practice approaches to reducing risks to the public from community facilities, public areas and Council activities.

The LGA schemes help reduce costs of liability and workers compensation cover for Councils and provide expert risk management advice to all Councils.

For further information contact:

Cr John Legoe, President, Mobile 0407 417 314
Ms Wendy Campana, Executive Director, Mobile 0417 861 783

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