Safety & Sustainability

McMahon Services are safety focused with an unwavering commitment to zero harm on every site, every day.

McMahon Services are certified to the Federal Safety Commission Scheme, ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System, ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System.

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Our WHSEQ Management System integrates International and Australian standards, legislative and regulatory requirements and is supported by a centralised Data Management System that can be accessed by all staff across the business.

This system manages our documentation including acts, regulations, standards, policies, procedures, safe work instructions and forms, as well as maintaining records for training, plant and equipment, and incident management.

Our integrated Business Management System Manual has been developed to provide the guiding principles, objectives and processes of the WHSEQ Management System.

Our commitment to workplace health and safety, quality and environmental management is underpinned by our integrated WHSEQ Plan.


WHSEQ Strategy

WHSEQ management objectives are to establish, implement and continually improve the integrated management system to:

  • Meet and enhance customer requirements
  • Meet regulatory requirements and identified internal standards, national and international standards, codes of practice and stakeholder requirements
  • Identify, isolate and eliminate or minimise quality, environmental, health and safety risks
  • Ensure compliance to quality, safety, and environment policies and procedures
  • To set out procedures and work instructions for all activities, processes and services
  • To establish a system for maintaining progress against targets and the corrective action to be taken in the event of non-conformances
  • To provide a basis against which processes can be formally audited, assessed and any proposed changes and non conformance improvements reviewed
  • To provide a means to determine sequence and interaction of processes
  • To monitor measure and analyse the effectiveness of processes
  • To determine criteria and methods needed to ensure operation and control of processes are effective
  • Demonstrate compliance to industry standards and codes of practice
  • Identify and implement best practice

Our Mission:

To foster a safety culture that positions us as industry leaders, where we work together as a team to ensure a zero harm environment for our workers, stakeholders and the wider community.

Safety is at the forefront of our operations across Australia, demonstrated by our Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems being certified to ISO 45001:2018, our exemplary safety record and comprehensive internal structures and processes.

Furthermore, we were the first multi-disciplinary construction services company in Australia to achieve Federal Safety Accreditation.

Our “Safety Focused” behavioural program is designed to build a strong safety culture throughout our organisation.

To implement changes in attitudes and behaviours we work closely with our site personnel by utilising a mix of workshops, training materials and on-site mentors.

We encourage open communication with the aim of creating greater awareness to help reduce injuries and improve our safety performance.

We recognise that the involvement of managers in the safety management process is critical, particularly at the site manager and supervisor level.

Our Safety Focused Program is aimed at developing skills in safety leadership and influencing attitudes and behaviours surrounding best safety practice.

Our safety initiatives include

  • On-going identification, assessment and control of risks
  • Increased training and supervision
  • Improved communication that welcomes feedback and initiative
  • Emphasising health and safety issues in daily Site Safety Toolbox Meetings and through workshops and staff newsletters
  • Detailed and effective incident investigation
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation programmes for injured employees


Our objective is to continually review our safety record and improve our safety performance to achieve a standard that is above industry requirements. As an organisation, we implement a Health, Safety and Environmental Management Plan for every project. The purpose of the HSEP is to identify and assess potential safety and environmental risks, analyse the level of risk, and outline measures that will be used to minimise or eliminate the hazard.

We are proud to be recognised as industry leaders for our safety initiatives. Our staff know that their actions, as individuals, promote an injury free environment and that everyone has responsibility for maintaining our safety culture.

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Our Mission:

To deliver quality project outcomes through the highest standards of performance, professionalism, and customer service.

McMahon Services strives to consistently deliver the highest quality standards across all service areas.

We are committed to providing quality products and engaging with our customers to understand their specific needs. Our third party accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems underlines this commitment.

Our quality assurance approach is managed by company-wide policies and procedures, with the aim of continually improving customer satisfaction.

To measure, analyse and improve our performance, we seek feedback from our clients, reflecting on our services, staff, safety standards and communication.

Our quality management approach includes:

  • A Business Management System Manual
  • Clear procedures outlining our approach and operations
  • Detailed Safe Work Instructions
  • Regular training and refresher training
  • Project specific Health, Safety and Environmental Plans
  • Customer Satisfaction Surveys


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Our Mission:

To protect and preserve the environment around us, by continually refining our methods and reducing our carbon footprint.

Environmental management planning is an integral part of our overall project approach, embedding environmental considerations into every aspect of our operations and activities.

Our commitment to the protection and preservation of the environment is best demonstrated by our certification to ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems.


Our internal Health, Safety and Environmental Management Plan (HSEP) addresses how we will manage environmental impacts such as:
  • Construction noise
  • Vibration and dilapidation
  • Air quality
  • Soil and groundwater quality and conservation
  • Water quality
  • Protection of flora and fauna
  • Visual impacts
  • Aboriginal and natural heritage
  • Hazardous waste and other dangerous materials


McMahon Services understands its obligations to avoid waste generation and enable the recycling and reuse of waste generated by our operations and activities. We have adopted a 0% waste target for our company operations and we are continuously refining our methods of waste processing to achieve this goal.

As Australia moves towards net zero emissions by 2050 and governments look to infrastructure projects to deliver sustainable solutions, McMahon Services has established a Sustainability Leadership Group to oversee the company’s green transition.


Our Sustainability Goals

The Sustainability Leadership Group is responsible
for finalising the McMahon Services Sustainability
Strategy by Q4 2022. This strategy aligns with:

  • State and federal government commitments to sustainability
  • The United Nations Sustainability Development Goals
  • Our own company values

The company is currently on track to
achieving the following:

  • Sending zero waste to landfill by 2030
  • Increasing local and regional spending by
    20% across all projects by 2025
  • Increasing indigenous employment by 10% by 2025

Our sustainability model


“As an environmentally focused business, McMahon Services has always driven sustainable outcomes on our customer’s projects which is why we partner with ResourceCo who are a
global leader in recovery and re-manufacturing to progress the circular economy.”

– Infrastructure Manager Steve Kochergen

Winners of National CCF Earth Award – Category 2


We were recognised for our outstanding environmental management and innovative solutions at the 2011 Civil Contractors Federation National Earth Awards. Our $2.5 million remediation of Housing SA’s Birkenhead site involved the removal and treatment of 6000 tonnes of contaminated soils and 2000 tonnes of high level contaminated waste soils from the 15,000 square metre Mead Street location, using Australia’s first Multiple Waste Treatment (MWT) facility.


Project Profile: Birkenhead Earthworks and Treatment Works



Our Environmental Footprint


As part of our commitment to sustainable development and to build on our existing environmental management initiatives, McMahon Services are annually monitoring energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and are continually working to reduce our environmental footprint. McMahon Services environmental footprint is audited annually by Balance Carbon Pty Ltd.


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Our track record in the circular economy

McMahon Services is dedicated to working with valued partners, and
the community, to build a mindset where safe, sustainable, efficient
and quality outcomes are achieved.



Sustainable roads

  • Use of ‘world first’ road surfacing technology along the Browns Well Highway in South Australia
  • Surfaces laid using an OBV Production Unit which delivers sustainable and safer road surfacing
  • OBV Units spray hot, highly modified crumb rubber binders comprising up to 18% recycled rubber
  • Innovative design of Unit allows for higher volumes of recycled rubber
  • Sealing works can occur at much colder temperatures than traditional methods
  • Achieves higher daily outputs than traditional spray seal operations which reduce the time spent using plant and equipment and lower greenhouse emissions
  • Eliminates the use of more than 100,00 litres of kerosene cutting agents for enhanced sustainability
  • Reduces raw (aggregate) material wastage
  • 260 tonnes of crumb rubber made from 40,000 end of life tyres sourced from TyreCycle to deliver project



Recycling and recycled products

  • We use recycled products for projects we deliver
  • Scrap and waste from our construction and demolition projects are recycled
  • 129,100 tonnes of waste provided to ResourceCo to recycle and repurpose in FY21/22
  • The hardstand pavements of our Adelaide marine services precinct DockYard are made from completely recycled materials sourced from ResourceCo and TyreCycle

McMahon Services strives to develop powerful partnerships with communities in which we work. It is our commitment to use local services and suppliers where possible, engage in community sponsorships, Indigenous employment and training, and pro bono work to help create positive long-term relationships, adding further value to our business.

We also help to build sustainable communities through our commitment to local employment and skills training.

We understand that our operations can have short and long-term impacts on communities where we work, so we aim to minimise disruptions, encourage and support open communication with local communities, and actively tailor projects in consultation with all key stakeholders.


McMahon Services actively contributes to, and participates in local initiatives to show our commitment to building positive long-term relationships with the communities in which we work.

Through sponsorships, supporting local charities and engaging in pro bono work, we aim to invest in our communities, building goodwill and adding value to our operations.


Northern Territory Football Club

Working with the NT Thunder as Premier Partners to help inspire young Indigenous people to participate in sport and improve education, employment, training and leadership.


Nyrstar Smelters Ball 2011

Raising funds for the Uniting Care Wesley’s Child Foster Home Upgrade in Port Pirie.


‘Tee off Fore Life’ Golf Day

Supporting the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fund.


The Leukemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave

Proudly supporting and raising funds for the 2013 event.

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Playing our part in changing the face of men’s health in Australia.


Salvation Army – Muggy’s Accommodation

Supported by the Salvation Army by preparing the site pro-bono ready for construction.


Ronald McDonald House Demolition

Donated demolition services to make way for the new, state-of-the-art facility.


World Festival of Magic

Sponsorship of the Adelaide Rotary Club for children with special needs.


Simply Football

Sponsorship of youth football club.


Riverland Paddling Marathon

Sponsorship of printed safety bibs.

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McMahon Services has launched an internal health and wellbeing program – Health Kick – to kick-start a health overhaul across the company.

We know that the core of our business is our people, so this program was aimed at investing in our greatest asset by educating our staff about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

McMahon Services believe that we can work smarter, wiser and more efficiently by improving the health and wellbeing of our personnel.

We also have an ageing workforce, with a majority of males, so it was time to start tackling some key health issues.


Kickin’ Goals

  • It’s a Balancing Act eat a balanced diet
  • Keep on Moving exercise at least 30 minutes a day
  • Speak Outspeak up without fear or favour
  • Quit to Get Aheadstop smoking, or atleast cut down
  • Skin Matters protect yourself against harmful UV rays
  • Hydrate Materemember to keep hydrated

Health Kick is not about pointing the finger; it is simply about educating our staff about healthy living.

The Program has sparked a new chapter for McMahon Services, as we continue to strive for a safe workplace, where workmates can work safely alongside their workmates.


The Launch

Over 220 Adelaide-based personnel were geared up at AAMI Stadium, ready to kick-off the program.

After an interactive presentation from our in-house nutritionist, Themis Chryssidis, the launch heated up with live cooking demonstrations from Out of the Blue celebrity chef Michael Angelakis and Masterchef AllStars winner, Callum Hann.

The audience also heard touching stories from The Founder and CEO of The Jodi Lee Foundation, Nick Lee, and TV personality Graeme Goodings, about their battles with bowel cancer and the importance of early screening and detection.

The “First 18” starting line-up was also revealed – 18 employees who will act as ambassadors and a support crew for the program.

Health-Kick launch


The Program

The program will be rolled out through a series of communication tools, including:


  • Go-To Guide Book
  • Monthly Kick-Back newsletters
  • Kick-Back email updates
  • Health Initiatives –  Corporate Bowel Screening Program and City to Bay Fun Run
  • Competitions – McMasterchef
  • Health Kick starter packs
  • Educational materials