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NHDS wins Rio Tinto "Contractor Innovation Award"

Cecil Gakowski proves HSE improvement is needed.

The Rio Tinto HSE Innovation Awards were held in Weipa on Thursday, 8 October with 5 Award Winning Categories and 12 Finalist Innovations presented.

Northern Haulage & Diesel Services secured the "Contractor Innovation Award" Category for their innovative "Mobile Lighting Plant Improvement" handle. 

The story:  In the past, accessing the turning wheel on the Mobile Lighting Plant was a 2-person task.  This made the risk of a fall or upper body injury high.  To avoid any serious injury, Cecil Gakowski (NHDS Diesel Fitter Apprentice), designed and fabricated the "Mobile Lighting Plant Improvement" handle.  This tool is custom built and it's ergonomic approach has significantly reduced the amount of exertion through the upper limbs and hands.  Along with that, it is now a 1-person task.  Well done Cecil! 

These awards recognise the ingenuity behind these designs and that Northern Haulage & Diesel Services place value on Health and Safety improvements in the workplace.  Congratulations to Cecil and the team at NHDS!


Note the Winning Categories below.

Category Winners
Environmental Innovation Award Asset Management & Engineering and Andoom HEQ teams - Bullhorn Bulkhead innovation.
Hand Red Zone/Manual Handling Innovation Award Site Services Main Workshop team - Stamp Holder innovation.
Contractor Innovation Award Northern Haulage and Diesel Services (NHDS) - Mobile Lighting improvement.
Most Innovations Submitted by MRU  Site Services team was recognised for submitting the most innovations.
Overall HSE Innovation Award East Weipa Plant Maintenance team - Pulley Removal Frame.