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TWO sailors shared the top prize at
the 2013 Chief of Navy Awards for
LSBM Peter Ramage, of Assail
Three, and ABET Samuel Paton, of
HMAS Choules, each won $1000 and
shared the CMDR Dave Allen Award
for developing solutions to reduce the
risk of hazards in the workplace.
CN VADM Ray Griggs present-
ed the awards at the RAN Heritage
Centre in Sydney on October 31.
The annual awards recognise units,
ships, establishments and individuals
that have made a positive contribution
to Navy safety.
"The Navy Safety Awards, as has
been the case over many years, are an
opportunity to showcase the exemplary
commitment and efforts across Navy
to eliminate and manage hazards and
risks," VADM Griggs said.
"Safety is a collective responsibil-
ity that is important to us as individu-
als, for our families and as an essential
input to capability. We need to have a
strong, robust safety culture to be able
to fight and win at sea."
LS Ramage developed a pro forma
for his shipmates to use after he identi-
fied a gap in chemical hazard account-
ing in the Workplace Health and Safety
"I'm delighted I was able to assist
the Patrol Boat Group through my
prior training and experience as the
command safety adviser at HMA Ships
Penguin and Coonawarra," he said.
VADM Griggs said the award rec-
ognised LS Ramage's superior profes-
sionalism and unwavering enthusiasm
in maintaining safety standards, which
included mentoring hazard chemical
management skills to crews within the
Patrol Boat Group during off-watch
periods to help identify deficiencies.
"Your mentoring also resulted in
improvements across the patrol boat
community and contributed to stand-
ardisation with current policy and
guidance," he said.
Choules' SWO Brian Collins
accepted the award on behalf of joint
winner AB Paton, who could not
attend the ceremony because he was
deployed in Choules.
VADM Griggs said the award rec-
ognised AB Paton's proactive contri-
bution towards adapting and imple-
menting the Navy's working at heights
policies and procedures into a work-
able solution on Choules.
"Showing initiative and profes-
sionalism you adopted a centralised
approach and devised a single ship
register," he said.
AB Paton created a data bank of
identified risk assessments available to
His streamlined approach led to a
reduction in the preparation time of
working at height permits and risk
Other category winners included
HMA Ships Stuart and Cerberus.
The Engineering Faculty Electrical
Training facility at Cerberus received
the CN award for the best solution
to an identified workplace health and
Safety always a winner
"A significant safety issue was dis-
covered and then rectified by LSMT
Benjamin Wright and LSMT Joel Heit,
who are the instructors of the Ship's
Electrical Maintainer Course," VADM
"The identified fault had the poten-
tial to cause significant injury had
anybody been exposed to an electric
shock, as the protection in the system
was not adequate to preserve life."
Stuart's command team was pre-
sented with the CN Leadership Award
for injury or disease prevention and
management in recognition of the
team's commitment to the continu-
ous improvement of work health and
safety over the past 18 months.
"This has been achieved through
the fostering of leadership at all lev-
els within the unit and an associated
development of best practice in terms
of education, reporting and manage-
ment," VADM Griggs said.
Entries from this year's awards will
be nominated for next year's Defence
WINNING ENTRANTS: Navy Safety Award winners with CN VADM Ray Griggs. (L-R) CMDR Ashley Shanks,
LSBM Peter Ramage, LSMT Benjamin Wright, CN, LSMT Joel Heit, Choules' SWO Brian Collins and CO Stuart
CMDR Jason Hunter.
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
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