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Adelaide Cemeteries Authority wins national safety award

15 October 2015    

Praise for new grave backfill engineering solution

A South Australian developed engineering solution that enables cemeteries to more efficiently backfill grave sites while reducing manual handling risks has today been recognised with a national safety award.

The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority has been honoured by the National Safety Council of Australia at the National Safety Awards gala luncheon in Sydney for providing the “Best Solution of a WHS Risk (Medium to Large Business)”.

Adelaide Cemeteries Authority Chief Executive Officer Robert Pitt says the award reinforces the Authority’s commitment to best practice.

“The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority puts enormous importance on work health and safety matters and is always looking at new and better ways to manage our cemeteries and the health and wellbeing of our staff,” he said.

“We’ve revolutionised the industry by engineering and modifying a new side tip dumper to backfill grave sites in tight and awkward areas, which not only increases the efficiency in the backfill process, but reduces the manual handling risk for staff.

“To win this national award for such an innovative work health and safety initiative ahead of reputable organisations including Woolworths and SA Power Networks is also very humbling.”

The NSCA National Safety Awards ( are Australia’s longest running awards recognising work health and safety initiatives. Now in their 23rd year, the awards celebrate organisations and people who actively promote work health and safety as a cornerstone of elite business performance.

The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority is SA’s leading provider of cemetery, burial and cremation services, and is responsible for the operation of West Terrace Cemetery, Enfield Memorial Park, Cheltenham Cemetery and Smithfield Memorial Park.

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Further information: Contact Tony Amato, ACA Marketing and Communications Team Leader, on 8139 7438 or 0403 010 131.

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