Friday, November 26th, 2010
Two Victorian companies won top national awards at the annual electrical industry Excellence Awards hosted by peak electrical industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Stowe Australia received the top award in the voice and data category for their project at the new ANZ Headquarters at Docklands in Melbourne.

Nilsen (Vic) received the national Occupational Health and Safety Award (OH&S) for implementing the best safe work practices in Australia.

Both companies received the top awards in the front over 500 industry representatives including electrical contractors, educators and government representatives at the annual gala event for the electrical and communications industry at Star City in Sydney.

NECA’s Chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said the team at Stowe Australia were awarded the top prize because they had to solve complex design problems while installing over three-million metres of cabling.

Stowe Australia was contracted to deliver the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the entire communications infrastructure for voice, data and audio visual cabling for the new ANZ Bank Headquarters in Melbourne’s Docklands.

“This project was just phenomenal. It required the integration of many systems and the final result is a credit to the team at Stowe Australia,” Mr Tinslay said.

“In just 21 months, Stowe Australia laid over three-million meters of systimax category 6A cable to over 38,000 datapoints including 7000 for audio visual. This is simply an outstanding effort.”

The requirements for safe work methods in businesses are always increasing and electrical contracting firm Nilsen (Vic) were rewarded for implementing a new system and changing the culture of their organisation.

“Senior management of Nilsen were keen to improve the safety performance of the company and ensure there was active participation of employees from all levels of the organisation in the process.

“To achieve this goal the company embarked on a program to achieve a sustainable OHS cultural change and it has provided real tangible benefits for the company,” Mr Tinslay said.

“As the electrotechnology industry continues to grow and tackle new technological challenges, it is encouraging to see electrical and communication contractors in Victoria playing such an important role in energy efficiency.”

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