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Report: Safe Work Month Event 2017: Technology’s Impact on Safety

Posted by cpagroupadmin on November 30, 2017


Naomi Campbell

Naomi Kemp is a certified OHS Professional, with experience working with WHS Regulators and leaders in private industry. She is the founder of Safe Expectations and the Convenor of Young Safety Professionals, and is passionate about personal health and wellbeing. Naomi is an expert in facilitating enforceable undertakings and innovative safety thinking.

Naomi discussed some of the ways in which the advancement of technology has led to a lack of personal interaction, and the resulting risks we run by allowing this lack to persist and to extrapolate. She emphasised the fact that engagement of any variety hinges upon interaction and participation—highlighting how an over-dependence on technology can hinder said participation.

Harley Sparke: On the Annual General Meeting

Posted by cpagroupadmin on November 30, 2017


I am delighted to write that Mr Tony Mitchell was appointed as CEO after spending twelve months in his tenure as GM Manpower. We also appointed a new and very experienced CFO in Mr Wayne MacDonald, to replace Ms Chipo Wekare who resigned to expand her career. Chipo had served the company with great dedication and commitment since joining us in 2008.


I am also very happy to report that our safety performance has continued in a downward trend across almost all areas of our reporting and outcomes. We have adopted further systems, reporting mediums and ISO audits. Safety will always remain a crucially important aspect of our operation, and as such, we will continue to develop a safe work culture. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and this can only be enhanced by further developing that culture.

The Corporate Protection Australia Group (CPA Group) and eVision Industry Software (eVision) are pleased to announce a Full-Service Business Partnership throughout Asia-Pacific.

CPA Group is a Queensland based international organisation with over 20 years’ experience in our dedicated environment. We provide premium corporate protection solutions to the mining, oil & gas, energy, critical infrastructure and maritime industries. These include supply of fire and rescue, medical and security staff, safety and security risk management, project expertise, specialist consultancy and related education and training.

eVision Industry Software creates best-in-class Control of Work software. Innovative solutions that improve the way oil, gas, chemical and other hazardous industries operate on a global and local scale. eVision enables you to increase the safety and speed of your operations, supporting you in reaching your operational excellence and safety objectives. eVision solutions are fully configurable to match your organization's wishes and requirements, while ensuring unprecedented ease-of-use and full compliance with the latest protocols and regulations.

Major organisations such as Shell, Statoil, BP, Qatar Petroleum, Origin and many more have selected eVision as their Control of Work vendor of choice, solidifying eVision as industry leader of its domain. With offices worldwide and partnerships with the world’s leading system integrators, eVision provides high-quality delivery and support, on location, at all times.

Harley Sparke, Chief Executive Officer, CPA Group, states: “CPA Group is dedicated to safeguarding the wellbeing of people, and of assets, and takes safety, efficiency, and productivity with the utmost seriousness. We find the capabilities and the potential offered by eVision to be directly in line with our ethos, and with our priorities. eVision has a huge impact on training, data analytics, and best practices—three things CPA Group stands by as crucial to the success of any endeavour, and to our clients.”

Ton Geelen, Chief Commercial Officer, eVision, adds: “Through our global and local partnerships, eVision continues to expand our client base into new geographies and industries. CPA Group has a strong history in providing human and asset protection across the Asia Pacific region and our partnership further extends the services of both companies in the field of Health, Safety and Environment.”

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Employee Spotlight - Dianne Bain

Posted by cpagroupadmin on August 24, 2017

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We spoke with Dianne Bain, the supervisor of security at the Abbot Point Coal terminal, about her role, her site, and the various challenges and responsibilities that come with her position.

CPAG (CG): What is your current role? Where do you work at present?

Dianne Bain (DB): I’m the security supervisor at the Abbot Point Bulkcoal export terminal.

CG: And what are your primary duties? How large is your team?

DB: The team consists of Martin, Amber, Hedley, Regan, John, and myself. I see that we follow the Clients procedures and policies, carry out any required training, and ensure there’s correspondence and cohesion in how we do things. Having a Team that works well together like these Guards do, is rewarding.

In the culmination of a four-year project, Queensland shall finally erect a War Memorial dedicated to those Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders who have served our country or have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In late May, it was revealed that Sculpt Studios had been chosen to design the memorial, which shall be built in ANZAC Square.


Corporate Protection Australia Group’s own liaison with the Indigenous Community, Lorraine Hatton, is Co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dedicated Memorial Committee Queensland Incorporated (ATSIDMCQI). This committee has sought the support of community and government in realising its goal, with patron support from Dame Quentin Bryce and Dr Noel Hayman, and the added support and partnership with Griffith University.

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Dr. Scott Wilkinson visits Offshore ConocoPhillips Clinic

Posted by cpagroupadmin on August 22, 2017

Dr. Scott Wilkinson of CPAG Health and Medical and Mr. Paul Garforth, Occupational Health Advisor for ConocoPhillips, visited two clinics operated by CPA Group for ConocoPhillips—a client we are delighted to report is very pleased with our services, both at the Perth office level, and as offshore senior management.



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Common Sense by Carl Watt

Posted by cpagroupadmin on August 10, 2017

Originally Seen on LinkedIn Here


Common Sense - noun

1. sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.

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I found myself involved in a conversation last week with a mixed group of people in a workplace—old and young, tradesmen and operators, and even an engineer to round out the group—when the question of practical application of safety principle came up. Now over the years I have gotten used to the booing and jibes that are associated with someone mentioning the “S” word in conversation, but this one was very positive, with people sharing experiences with safety decisions that they thought were quite amusing: Walkways painted in awkward positions, insane amounts of PPE required, and something about the driving skills of P-Platers.

An older tradesman in the group looked up from his paper and said quite loudly, “safety is just common sense, some people have it and some people don’t … end of discussion”.

This isn’t the first time I have heard this response, and while I am a fan of the theory in principle, if we break it down, a person we identify as having common sense is usually older and more experienced, and, throughout their time, have not hurt themselves—or at least not been caught hurting themselves. On the other hand, the person we usually describe as not having any common sense is often someone who has been involved in some sort of incident or accident. “What an idiot, how could he possibly have made a decision like that, he has no common sense.”

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You can’t measure common sense, it is not physically possible, and I can tell you that, in my experience, people who hurt themselves come in all types. Different ages, races, religions, sizes, levels of experience etc. The thing they have in common is that, prior to the incident or accident, they had lots of common sense, and after they had none.

“Common Sense is like deodorant – The people that need it the most never use it.”

We need to get away from this phrase, as measuring a person’s safety performance does not come down to common sense, it comes down to their ability to prepare themselves properly for a task, not start the task until they are confident that all hazards have been effectively controlled, and, most important of all, sharing lessons they have learned through safety shares and reporting of hazards or near misses (or ‘free lessons’ as I refer to them).

Carl Watt(MBA, Grad Dip OHS)

Find Carl on LinkedIn and connect with him here

Employee Spotlight: Kelli-Jade Martin

Posted by cpagroupadmin on June 12, 2017

The spotlight is shone on one of our very talented and bubbly ESO Nurses out at South Walker Creek Coal Mine, Kelli-Jade Martin.

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Paul Bragg Visits Bairo Pite Clinic, Dili, Timor-Leste

Posted by cpagroupadmin on June 12, 2017


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In April 2017 Paul Bragg visited Timor-Leste as part of the CPAG Local Content Plan initiative. This was the third such visit by Paul. The Bairo Pite Clinic operates out of Timor’s capital, Dili, providing free health care to some of the poorest, sickest people of Timor Leste.

Kevin Judges the SA Mines Emergency Response Competition 2017

Posted by cpagroupadmin on May 17, 2017


Kevin Waterman sat as a judge for the Breathing Apparatus (BA) Search and Rescue Competition, held at the BHP site in Olympic Dam. Each year this event rotates from Adelaide to one of the team sites, such as those in Olympic Dam and Broken Hill.

It’s the fourth year Mr Waterman has judged the competition, having done BA for three years, and industrial rescue for one. The teams this year were Cadia Valley Operation, Carrapateena, Challenger, Prominent Hill, and two teams from Olympic Dam.