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Watpac Awards Safety Reporting Contract to ComOps

SHE® software will enable Watpac to standardise and enhance safety reporting across the company’s Construction division following a period of rapid growth and multiple acquisitions.
  • 29 July, 2009 15:48

<p>Sydney, 29 July 2009 – ComOps, a leading Australasian provider of business software products and services, has won a contract to deploy its safety and risk management reporting software at Watpac, one of Australia’s leading publicly-listed construction and property companies.</p>
<p>The SHE® (Safety, Health and Environment) software from Australian Workplace Software (AWS), a ComOps company, will enable Watpac to standardise and enhance safety reporting across the company’s Construction division following a period of rapid growth and multiple acquisitions.</p>
<p>Watpac’s Construction division is the cornerstone of the company’s success and has earned a reputation among clients and partners for delivering products of the highest quality on time, and on budget. The company has over 750 staff based in offices and on sites in Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Vietnam. In addition to its permanent staff the company also provides work for thousands of sub-contractors across Australia, on projects ranging from zoo landscaping, to the construction of major sports stadiums, commercial and educational facilities.</p>
<p>Recent acquisitions and fast growth have resulted in previously stand-alone businesses conjoining Watpac with their existing individual occupational, health and safety reporting systems which were autonomous, home built and had evolved over time.</p>
<p>“While these existing safety reporting systems were appropriate for the previously existing businesses, we wanted to standardise safety reporting across the entire organisation in order to effectively scale with our growth. We had reached a point where we needed to consolidate out safety reporting into one seamless system across all the states,” said Martin Monro, National General Manager Construction.</p>
<p>The decision to deploy ComOps followed a structural change in the company earlier this year which created a stronger national brand for the company’s Construction business and resulted in a decision to go to market for a comprehensive safety reporting system.</p>
<p>Watpac chose ComOps following a review of several solutions.</p>
<p>“Ultimately, the ComOps solution was the most flexible to scale for our needs and could provide consistency across al the states in terms of accommodating variance in local legislation. We liked the logic that stood behind the SHE® architecture and the way in which information could easily be captured. In addition, ComOps presented a professional approach in terms of customer service, technical excellence and pre-sales support,” said Monro.</p>
<p>SHE® automates the management of occupational health and safety and risk information ensuring that companies remain compliant with legislation. Watpac will use SHE® to record and analyse incidents and produce detailed web-based dashboard reports using a common language to manage its workforce of project managers, design manager, supervisors, engineers, plant operators, estimators, contract administrators, design managers, and site managers.</p>
<p>At the same time, the company’s senior management will be able to compare performance, spot trends, identify weaknesses and act in cases where safety performance may not be up to the stringent levels required.</p>
<p>Watpac have previously been recognised for their innovative solutions and commitment to safety with recent awards from the Queensland Government and the Master Builders Association.</p>
<p>“SHE® will assist our continued pursuit of improved safety by removing inconsistency in reporting and enabling our management team to immediately identify trends whether it be by individual construction site, work group or geography. This will help us to prevent injuries. Ultimately, our aim is to improve the chances of all our staff and contractors leaving the workplace in the same condition as when they arrived,” said Monro.</p>
<p>Watpac’s clients include local, State, and Federal Government agencies, private developers, investment groups, corporate entities, schools and universities, and community and sports organisations. Earlier this month, it was awarded a contract for the construction of the RMIT University Design Hub in Melbourne and last month it was appointed the contractor for the construction of a data centre for Woolworths Limited at Eastern Creek, New South Wales. Watpac is also undertaking several significant contracts for the Australian Department of Defence in Queensland.</p>
<p>“SHE® will help engrain a consistent and failsafe reporting system which will enable us to visualise the risks which we deal with on a day-to-day basis in real-time. It will help shape and nurture discipline and provide a common reference point in terms of safety performance across the business,” said Monro.</p>
<p>SHE® will be fully deployed in Watpac’s construction division within the next three months.</p>
<p>About ComOps Limited</p>
<p>ComOps Limited has a 37 year history in the IT industry in Australasia and listed on the ASX in 1999. The company develops, sells, implements, hosts and supports software solutions in the ERP, Business Intelligence, Mobile Sales Force Automation, e-Commerce, Retail, Risk Management &amp; Safety Compliance, Workforce Management and Human Capital Management markets. These solutions are used by a range of blue chip clients such as Toll Transport, Universal Publishers (Sensis), RACQ, Steinhoff Asia Pacific (Freedom Furniture), Golden Circle, Australia Post, Toshiba, Orica, Lexmark, Canon, Queensland Government, NSW Lotteries, DP World, Virgin Blue and Commonwealth Bank to name just a few.</p>
<p>ComOps is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Progress Premier Partner, is ISO 9001:2008 Quality Accredited and Government Endorsed.</p>

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