TransGrid staff from New South Wales metropolitan and regional centres came together to celebrate the organisation’s 20th annual Safety Day; an annual event dedicated to highlight the importance of safety, health, wellbeing and teamwork.
The day is a key initiative of the organisation, which aims to develop and enhance staff skills and promote a positive safety culture within the workplace and to the wider community.
TransGrid’s manager of health, safety and environment Ken McCall said the initiative allows employees to come together and learn about the company’s new initiatives and projects.
“Year on year, the number of staff who attend Safety Day is on the increase. This high level of participation from across all regions is a great indication of the positive attitude and commitment TransGrid staff have towards safety and wellbeing,” he said.
In the spirit of friendly competition, 31 teams faced each other in a series of first aid, fire fighting, emergency response and fitness challenges. Electrical apprentices were also given the opportunity to showcase their skills in a wiring challenge.
Teams from the regional centres proved more successful on the day than metropolitan teams with Tamworth taking out the coveted Safety Day Trophy followed by the teams from Orange and Newcastle.
In lieu of personal prizes, TransGrid made donations on behalf of each winning team to their nominated charity with more than $2000 donated in total to beyondblue, The Heart Foundation, Tamworth Meals on Wheels, The Cancer Council and the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
“Safety Day is all about reinforcing our safety skills not only within the variety of workplaces in which TransGrid staff work, but also how we can extend this practice to the wider community,” Mr McCall added.