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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.

Late last month, Kevin Waterman attended the 2017 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the USA. It’s a vast, annual, international event for the benefit of all who work in the Fire and Rescue services, attracting almost 34,000 attendees this year. 

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Paula Holden gets Interviewed by Workforce Life

Posted by cpagroupadmin on April 12, 2017

People and Performance Manager Paula Holden was recently approached by Workforce Life to discuss compliance, and offer some insight from our end of the line. CPA Group knows that people aren’t a means to an end; they are ends in themselves, and we value our staff like no one else.



Want A Loyal and Effective Workplace? Compassion is the Key.

Paula Holden has one of the most challenging HR gigs around.

Last year, she accepted a role heading up the HR function

of the largest Australian owned private emergency services

company, which delivers critical workforce support to high-risk


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CPA Group Pioneering the 'Bundled Service' at Curragh Mine

Posted by cpagroupadmin on April 6, 2017

CPA Group has successfully transitioned one of the largest single emergency service contracts in the Australian mining industry. In December of 2016, CPA mobilised a dedicated workforce of in excess of 20 full-time professionals, ranging from paramedics and nurses to emergency service and site access officers.

CPA Group Annual General Meeting

Posted by cpagroupadmin on November 2, 2016