Full Circle

A year ago we poured our first blinding for the ground floor slab in the NE corner of the Crown Resort site at Barangaroo.

Friday we loaded out the last container of dirt, a key milestone in what has been a landmark project for Ward.

Well done to Senior PM Dave Condon and the entire project team for what has been an outstanding effort.

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Safety First

The 4th Annual Ward Safety Day was held on Friday at Moore Park Golf club, with our main focus this year being the control of risks relating to works in the vicinity of underground utility assets.

The day was started with an introduction by COO Brian Mahon on the importance of the effective management of WHS risk, followed by CEO Julia Ward’s overview of the business performance during the last year and outlook for the future.

Our WHS team gave a briefing on WHS performance against targets during past 12 months and highlighted lessons learned.

Traffic Manager Shane Guerts, who is a recent addition to the Ward team, gave a presentation on safety at work sites and the risks & control measures relating to vehicular traffic and pedestrian movements, and General Manager Steve Green presented on risks associated with underground utility assets from a business perspective.

This was followed by group sessions (project managers, engineers, supervisors and workforce) discussing Ward’s excavation process, recent improvements and role of each person in the prevention of incidents.

Greg Ware from Sydney Occupational Services popped in to give office personnel a lesson on ergonomics and workstation set-up, to help prevent injury.

These informative sessions were well received by all participants and gave them an opportunity to raise any safety improvement suggestions to help us over the course of the year.

Huge thank you to Uday Gorrepati, Joe O’Connor, Colm Drumgoole and Rachel Baiocco for organizing the day, and for helping keep our people safe

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Annual Golf Day Celebrations!

The Annual Peter Ward Golf Day was yet again a success! After weeks of rain in Sydney, the weather was kind to us, allowing a day of warmth and sunshine!

This was a very special year marking 10 years since the passing of founder Peter Ward, so we celebrated his life one lost golf ball at a time! Moore Park Golf Course hooked us up with all the bits and bobs to make our day special, including a refreshments cart that kept us hydrated on what was a warm and demanding afternoon. Although the golf skills on show left a lot to be desired, it really is one of the best days of the year, spent socializing with friends, meeting new colleagues, and remembering the man who made it all possible.

Congratulations to the winning team, Ross Traynor, Jack Cahill (who looks just as stunned as me about Ben being on the winning team), Ben Maher, and Julia Ward! Thanks to Michael Cahalane, who graciously stepped aside to allow Uday Gorrepati to pick up the putting competition prize. Disclaimer: We’re still unsure if Uday even participated in the putting competition, but nonetheless, he won the popular vote by a landslide!

Turkey Prize: Colm Drumgoole (ouch), Liam Curran, Jacob Dickson, and Ebi Abyazi

Yellow Ball: Michael Leong, Michael Sherlock, Mostafa Nazar (his man bag), and Alfred Fernandez

Closest to the Pin: Michael Sherlock

Longest Drive: Jack Cahill & Julia Ward


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National Safe Work Month

The theme for this October’s National Safe Work Month is “A moment is all it takes.”
While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm.
Safe Work Australia is asking that all workplaces commit to taking a safety moment every day.
This could be as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm.
This will be a key message at the Ward Safety Day that is scheduled for Friday October 19th.
Ward was pleased to announce that its Macquarie Busways project team took out this month’s WHS award. HSEQ Manager Uday Gorrepati noted a significant improvement in the performance of Task Observations by the project team as a reason for the award.
“At Ward we set a target for each team member to compare the performance of a high risk activity against the relevant Safe Work Method Statement for compliance, at least once a week.” noted Uday when presenting the award to PM Jack Cahill. “We use these Task Observations as a lead WHS indicator in the measurement of our WHS performance across the business. It is pleasing to see that Jack and his team taking the lead with this critical work. It is part of building a culture in the business that is focused on preventing harm”.
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Project complete, so we eat!

RMS and Ward hosted a BBQ onsite on Friday for all project stakeholders to celebrate the completion of all works ahead of the September 30 Rail shutdown. This was a major achievement for the project overcoming a number of challenging issues on the way to completion to still have the project finished on time. The client was very satisfied with the delivery of the project. A big effort was put in by all of the project team including Adam McCarthy, George Callaghan, Asib Alime, Dawei Gu, Adrian Wong, Brady Noack, Darren Zhang and Beau Westland.

Great work to everyone involved.

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Jordan Springs East – Bulk Earthworks Milestone

Special mention to the Jordan Springs team for their recent earthwork efforts.

Jacob Maher, Nathan Murdoch, and Jeff Richards had to move 45,000m3 of material on a 5km turnaround using truck and trailers. Between the loading team of Bill Davis, Pat Forde and Trevor of Danmark who were all operating 20t Excavators, they were regularly loading in excess of 300 loads between them per day, with the highest total being 367 loads. That has got to be a new record for Ward!

Congratulations to the team for this achievement!

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New Project Announcement!

Ward is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the M5 East Substation Access job by Road and Maritime Services.

The M5 East Cooks River Substation Access Road upgrade will allow for continued access to the M5 East substation following development of Barton Park and the Kogarah Golf Course. The new access road will run from the existing M5 truck breakdown bay to the substation alongside the Cook River.

Head to the “Current Projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!


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NRL School to Work Program

As a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, we were delighted to attend the 2018 School to Work Graduation Ceremony yesterday!

This programs is recognized for providing increased opportunities through the Rugby League to Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander youth.

Congratulations to the graduates on their hard work and achievements, and well done to the NRL for providing such a great platform, encouraging the Indigenous Australian youth to succeed!


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In the Hole

Ward Office Manager Rachel Baiocco, Estimating Assistant Noorin Noory and Site Engineer Ksenia Rotina are pictured kitted out in their full site PPE on a recent visit to our Barangaroo project where they were shown around the site by Intern Engineer Bunty Cook and Leading Hand Todd Arrowsmith. “It was great to see the work underway at first hand” said Rachel on her first visit to the site “the safety and environmental controls are very impressive”.

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