Aviation Ground Handling Wins AAGSC Safety Award

Judith Taylor, AAGSC Chair, is pleased to advise that Queensland Airports Ltd is the winner of the 2011 Safety Award. The award presentation was made during the AAGSC's February meeting held at Gold Coast Airport on 15 February 2012.

Queensland Airports Ltd (QAL) owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville and Mount Isa airports. It also owns Aviation Ground Handling (AGH) which has considerable presence at many Queensland airports.

"Five nominations were received this year which was most encouraging and the judges were faced with a difficult task", said Ms Taylor, "but eventually they selected QAL's entry of a manual handling DVD for ground handlers".

Janelle Jamieson, the QAL Health, Safety and Rehabilitation Officer, was the instigator of the project following her research into staff injuries. She then led a team comprising members from QAL and AGH who decided to focus on manual handling across the spectrum from front of house to airside. The result was the DVD covering

all activities and emphasising the risks of failing to follow sound manual handling techniques.

The DVD will be used as part of the staff induction process and also during recurrent training courses.

The attached photo shows Janelle proudly holding the Award plaque. With her, from left to right, are Tony Morgan and Richard Walters, both of AGH, and Patricia Hoffman of Gold Coast Airport