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Abigroup signs safe work alliance with WorkCover NSW and RTA

25 August 2011

Abigroup will work closely with the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (RTA) and WorkCover NSW to improve safety outcomes as part of an alliance agreement for the construction of the Hunter Expressway, Kurri Kurri to Branxton.

The Hunter Expressway Safety Alliance Agreement commits Abigroup, the RTA and WorkCover NSW to develop practical and effective approaches to work health and safety and injury management through communication, consultation, cooperation and leadership.

At the ceremonial signing of the agreement, Abigroup Hunter Expressway Project Director, Cameron Silverthorne, welcomed the opportunity to be a member of the alliance with WorkCover NSW and the RTA.

“The Alliance Agreement is an example of Abigroup’s commitment to working with WorkCover NSW and the RTA to achieve safer workplaces.

“The alliance works because both organisations have the same primary objectives as Abigroup in looking after the safety and welfare of our workers,” he said.

The RTA awarded the design and construct contract to Abigroup to build the western section of the Hunter Expressway from Kurri Kurri to Branxton.

The work involves building 27km of four lane divided highway between Kurri Kurri and Branxton, 22 bridges, four grade separated interchanges and will provide employment for over 600 people.

Major construction work commenced in April 2011 with completion scheduled for the end of 2013.

Once complete it will form part of the new $1.7 billion 40km Hunter Expressway linking the F3 Freeway at Seahampton to the New England Highway, west of Branxton.

Abigroup's Project Director on the Western section of the Hunter Expressway, Cameron Silverthorne (centre), signs the Safe Work Alliance with General Manager of the RTA's Occupational Health & Safety branch, Shailendra Tripathi (left) and Manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson (right)

Shailendra, John & Cameron present their signed Safe Work Alliance

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