An Award Winning Approach To Safety

Laing O’Rourke has taken out this year’s SafeWork NSW Excellence in workplace health and safety culture award at an event held in Sydney last night.



The SafeWork Awards were established in 2004 to promote high standards of work health and safety and are now one of the premier safety awards in Australia. The Awards recognise and reward organisations and individuals who have gone the extra mile to make their workplaces a safer environment.

Laing O’Rourke’s Region Director Mark Dimmock said he was extremely proud to accept the award on behalf of the organisation.

“It’s fantastic to receive such outstanding industry recognition of the dedication, commitment and passion our people put into safety every day,” Mr Dimmock said.

Laing O’Rourke’s Next Gear safety agenda challenges the traditional approach to safety, building safety resilience into the organisation and is centred on three key principles:

  1. People are the solution
  2. Safety is the presence of positives; and
  3. Safety is an ethical responsibility and not a bureaucratic activity

“Next Gear challenges us to move beyond traditional safety practices and measures and recognise that statistics are not necessarily an indicator of safety success,” Mr Dimmock added.

“Our approach is founded on engagement and trust, placing our people at the heart of safety decision making and focussing on understanding success and the many things that go right.

“We have a long and proud history of delivering critical infrastructure across Australia and to receive such a prestigious industry award is testament to Laing O’Rourke’s unwavering commitment to keeping our people safe.”