Water Industry Safety Excellence Award

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Nomination form

Acknowledging outstanding initiative and team contributions in considering and playing an active part in the area of safety improvement and injury prevention across the entire water industry.

Nomination form

*Entries for this category in the 2017 National Water Awards close 8 March 2017.

Judging criteria:

  • Established a process to identify the root cause of the problem, to trial and develop the solution and the extent of consultation with the key stakeholders
  • Originality: is this an entirely new concept and what was the contribution to others?
  • Extent of injury reduction achieved by the initiative within the area of application including potential to prevent injury
  • Extent of improvement in organisational performance in safety and wellbeing and overall operations
  • Potential for broader application across the water industry and other industry

When completing the online nomination form you will be asked to answer the following. 
  • Outline what the safety issue is/was (up to 250 words)
  • Provide a brief overview of the safety initiative (up to 250 words)
  • State how the root cause of the problem was identified (up to 250 words)
  • Describe the process established to trial and develop the solution (up to 250 words)
  • To what extent were key stakeholders consulted about the chosen process (up to 350 words)
  • Is this initiative an original concept? How did others contribute to the development? (up to 350 words)
  • What is the extent of injury reduction achieved by this initiative within its area of application? Does it have the potential to prevent injury altogether? (up to 350 words)
  • Can this initiative be transferred more broadly? If yes, how? (up to 350 words)
  • Please upload:
    - Lead-organisation bio
    - Hi-resolution photos x 3
  • Please provide a short introduction of the nominee, to be used at the awards presentation night, should they be selected as a finalist. (50 words)

2016 Winner – Australian Water Industry Safety Excellence Award


Vacuum Truck Snorkel, TasWater, Tasmania 
A TasWater employee identified and eliminated potential health and safety issues with the development of a snorkel to be used in conjunction with vacuum pumping trucks. The snorkel can be lowered into a well using pump rails or a vehicle hoist. And ensures consistent delivery of a 50:50 air to liquid ratio allowing vacuum hoses to be immersed in the sewer matter, eliminating stoppages and backflow surges. This initiative eliminates confined space entry and other manual handling hazards associated with the pumping out of pits and wells.