Westmead wins safety award

Posted 05 Dec 2016
Left: A W Edwards staff at the awards ceremony, top right: the award, lower right: AW Edwards staff on site

Congratulations to the Westmead Redevelopment early and enabling works contractors A W Edwards in winning the 2016 Master Builders excellence in construction site safety award.

We caught up with A W Edwards project manager Reuben Lagos to find out more about what the award means for the Westmead team.

What does this award mean to you and AW Edwards team?

The MBA Award is judged by our industry peer body, the Master Builders Association of Australia and WorkSafe NSW. Having them walk through our site in detail, understand our procedures, protocols and challenges and then commend us on what we have achieved and how we have achieved it is extremely rewarding. It’s a team effort by A W Edwards, our consultants and contractors. Everyone has played a part in this award.

The judges mention the highly complex and difficult environment you have been working in, what do you think has been the secret to your success?

Our success to date is a result of the hard work of our site team. The A W Edwards site team spends a great deal of time planning and investigating areas as much as possible prior to works taking place. Often this goes unnoticed—especially with the tasks that proceed without incident. Our success is a direct result of the quality and dedication of our site team.

What do you think about the broader project and the key role that AW Edwards has played in setting up the precinct for the future?

We often stand in car parks or areas that have now been handed over and mention how it was only 12 months ago we were standing there worried about snakes prior to demolition! We are very proud of what has been achieved. Playing a key role in turning this campus around in regards to staff parking and essential service upgrades will no doubt benefit the wider Westmead precinct.

Any other comments you'd like to make?

We would like to thank, in particular all consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers, many of whom have dedicated many hours of hard work to achieve the progress to date. We would also like to thank the continued support of NSW Health Infrastructure, Western Sydney Local Health District, the Westmead Redevelopment and all site stakeholders for their patience and strong ability to work with us to achieve common goals.

Related information

Read more about early and enabling works on the project page