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Don't get your wires crossed in Electrical Safety Week


5 September 2022

With so much happening in Electrical Safety Week (5-9 September), it might be hard not to get your wires crossed!

All week, there’s a host of events aimed at industry leaders, electrical workers, contractors and apprentices. Find out more about safety in the electrical industry via the in-person and livestream events, webinars and free breakfast.

Electrical apprentices are encouraged to join former Broncos star Darius Boyd for breakfast at Acacia Ridge TAFE (PDF, 0.08 MB) on Wednesday 7 September. This free event offers apprentices the chance to find out what’s happening in the electrical industry, how to stay safe at work and how to look after their mental health. This forum will also be livestreamed.

Another major event this year is the in-person and livestreamed Electricity Safety Summit where electrical industry leaders will focus on global supply and emerging technologies.

There’s also a free webinar on electrical and asbestos safety in rental properties. It’s a chance for landlords and property managers to better understand their legal obligations. On Thursday 8 September electrical contractors, electricians and anyone working in the industry can get industry updates and learn more about electrical hazards and mental health in another free webinar.

All week long, there’s a Facebook competition to win a $100 trade equipment gift voucher.

And don’t forget, Queensland Safety Advocates visit workplaces across the state to reveal exactly why they think it is so important to foster smarter and safer workplaces.

Debbie and Dan Kennedy are passionate safety advocates, and they know how tragic working with electricity can be, having lost their son Dale to an electric shock incident at work.

Debbie and Dan Kennedy

The Kennedys share their story to encourage workers, especially younger and inexperienced ones, to voice their concerns if they see something unsafe, and to always turn the power off before working in a ceiling space. Their son Dale was working in a ceiling space when he died from an electric shock. Dale was only 20 and close to finishing his electrical apprenticeship.

Safety advocates can be booked at Safety Advocate Workplace visits.

More on electrical safety is at Electrical Safety Week resources.


Photo caption: Safety Advocates Dan and Debbie Kennedy

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