Award recognizes application and excellence in risk management in the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand.


Downer, a client of Sword Active Risk, has been voted winner of the Safety Award at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards 2015, held on Thursday 9th July 2015, at a Black Tie Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. The Safety Award recognises world class safety strategies and technologies used by organisations in the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand. Downer won the award for its approach to safety and use of Sword Active Risk Manager for its Rail business. The event, sponsored by Laing O’Rourke, was an opportunity for industry colleagues to celebrate achievements across key fields including engineering; sustainability; safety and innovation, and was hosted by TrackSAFE Patron and Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer AC.


Jason Breton, General Manager of Risk & Regulatory Affairs, (Rail) at Downer said; "We are delighted to win this award which recognizes our commitment to safety in the rail industry. Our counterparts in the UK have long been users of Sword Active Risk to manage risk and safety in large scale rail and road infrastructure projects.


"As practitioners in the industry we are the only organization in the Australasian region that has embraced a whole risk approach to our business with Sword Active Risk, dovetailing it with our working practices. The Active Risk Management (ARM) solution underpins our approach and provides real-time data for holistic, cross-discipline and enterprise wide risk management."


Downer has developed and implemented a safety, health, risk, environment and quality (SHREQ) framework to improve the management of all risks that impact rail safety performance. It includes the Active Risk Management (ARM) solution which provides a single enterprise system to manage; Work health and safety, Project Risk and opportunities, Rail safety assurance, Quality issues, Training and professional development (for example, changes in risk profiles to specific areas of rail safety), Environment and Procurement and supply chain risks.


Nick Scully, Chief Operating Officer at Sword Active Risk stated; "We are delighted to congratulate Downer on winning this prestigious award. Safety in rail is paramount and globally the industry is constantly working to maintain its strong safety record. Downer is leading companies across Australia and New Zealand to implement world class safety strategies with its unique holistic approach to risk management to ensure rail operations are safe and reliable."