A LOCAL business has been recognised at the 2014 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards for implementing a grassroots health and safety management system.
Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said Wicked Berries, which employs just four staff and specialises in gift-boxed chocolate dipped strawberries, won the state-wide award for best workplace health and safety practices in a small business.
"This small company needed to be forward thinking when establishing its safety systems so they would support the business as it grows and becomes a franchise," Mr Fraser said.
"Wicked Berries implemented a series of small but effective safety solutions ranging from machinery safeguards and visible safety procedures to storage boxes that are colour coded by weight.
"Safe work practices are as important in a micro business as they are in a large business and I'm delighted a local company has been recognised for outstanding safety performance.
"The annual awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise businesses and individuals making positive changes to work health and safety, workers compensation, and return to work."
Wicked Berries was one of nine winners from across seven categories from a pool of 26 finalists who were recognised as part of the annual safety awards.
"Wicked Berries has become an ambassador for workplace health and safety among their industry peers,'' Mr Fraser said.
"I commend all of the winners of the WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards as well as the finalists and entrants for their achievements and leadership in driving down injury rates and raising the bar on workplace safety."