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Transdev CEO driving safety to win Safety Ambassador of the Year

The CEO of leading Australasian public transport company Transdev Australasia, Jonathan Metcalfe has been announced as the Safety Ambassador of the Year for his commitment to keeping his workers and users of Transdev’s services safe.

Announced this morning at the National Workers Memorial in Canberra the Safety Ambassador of the Year honours an individual who leads by example to raise awareness of the importance of a safe working environment. Importantly this person encourages others to get involved with work health and safety and supports all workers to speak up about potential hazards.

Mr Metcalfe was recognised for his passion, innovation and influence in driving cultural change and safety reform within Transdev. Transdev is a public transport company with more than 4800 employees working on train, bus, ferry and light rail services across Australasia.

In presenting the Award to Mr Metcalfe, Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Rex Hoy congratulated Mr Metcalfe for his leadership and commitment to work health and safety.

“Leading from the top down Jonathan displayed true leadership by pushing safety as a priority for Transdev Australasia,” said Mr Hoy.“Driving his motivation for safety excellence is the philosophy that great organisations are differentiated by the culture and values underpinning what they do.“He has worked tirelessly to improve the safety culture within Transdev. His dedication has been recognised by Transdev staff at all levels.”

Transdev recorded the company’s lowest ever lost time injury frequency rate in 2012. This figure is on track to be even lower in 2013. More information on why Jonathan was announced the Safety Ambassador of the Year for 2013 is attached.

For the first time in Safety Ambassador history a highly commended award was also presented this morning.

“The calibre of this years’ entries was exceptional and it was hard to separate the winner and highly commended recipient,” said Mr Hoy.
“Congratulations to Jared Dwyer, OHS Coordinator with Port Hunter Conveyors.“Working with staff at all levels Jared has raised the profile of work health and safety and made great in-roads to improve common safety issues faced by workers“Central to Jared’s success has been his ability to communicate key safety messages to help change the perception of safety within the mining industry.”The Safety Ambassador of the Year is announced during Safe Work Australia Month in October.
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