Geoff McDonald–Awarded Order of Australia

Geoff McDonald – Awarded Order of Australia

Geoff McDonaldLong time readers of this blog will fondly remember the work of George Robotham who passed away suddenly in 2013, leaving behind an incredible legacy. Many of George’s articles (like this one) mention the extraordinary work of Geoff McDonald – George’s friend and mentor. Sadly, Geoff passed away in July 2016 after a long illness but he has just been awarded the ORDER OF AUSTRALIA for his work in Safety and Risk. Thanks to his friend and supporter, Cip Corva, who rallied hard to make this recognition happen. See the Vale to Geoff McDonald written by Cip soon after his passing

Government House


12 June 2017

The Governor-General is pleased to announce the following awards and appointments:

Extract from Page 8 list – Order of Australia recipients 12/06/2017 with list of Geoff’s achievements:

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA The late Mr Geoffrey Lloyd McDONALD; Late of Cornubia Qld 4130 For significant service to the community, particularly through improvements to workplace health and safety standards, and to engineering.

Service includes: Workplace Health and Safety; Managing Director, Geoff McDonald & Associates, consultants to industry, in damaging occurrences, ergonomics and behavioural design, ‘until retirement’.

Developed and initiated a range of health and safety initiatives including: ‘Analysis Reference Tree Trunk’ (ARTT), system of damaging occurrence investigation. ‘Information Based Damage Control’, system of reducing injury and damage. Rollover frames, for tractors and other machinery. Quad Bikes Safety Standards, 2012-2014.

Worked with the RAAF on investigating health and safety aspects of the F111 fuel tank reseal/deseal work and retained by the Reseal-Deseal Board of Enquiry to advise on safety aspects of their enquiry, 2000s. Industry consultant and expert to the Queensland Supreme Court. Tutor and Research Officer, Mechanical Engineering, University of Queensland, 1964.

Professional Organisations: Fellow, Safety Institute of Australia. Fellow, Institution of Engineers. Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Standards Australia: Committee Member, Recording and Measuring Work Injury Experience. Committee Member, Principles of Safety and Health. Committee Member, Tractors and Agricultural Machinery. Committee Member, Earth-Moving Equipment. Member, Safety Standards Board.

Queensland Department of Training and Industrial Relations: Member, Workplace Health and Safety Board. Member, Rural Industry Committee. Co-Chairman, ‘Safety Week’, Division of Occupational Safety.

Member, Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Board member, Farmsafe Queensland. Member, Technical Engineering Group, Trans-Tasman Working Party investigating ‘Quad Bike Safety’.

Author of over 170 research papers and reports.

Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, Safety Institute of Australia, 2016. Recipient, Award for work ‘Ergonomics-Adapting Work to Suit People’, Queensland Branch, Ergonomics Society of Australia, 1992. Certified Safety Executive, World Safety Organisation.

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