Jed Millen had been in the construction industry for close to 20 years when he fell five metres from a bridge that collapsed without warning.
An accumulation of avoidable mistakes resulted in a serious spinal injury, which caused years of physical and emotional pain for Jed and his family and friends.
Jed is now a safety advocate with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. You can book for him to visit your construction site or workplace for free, and he'll highlight how simple precautions can prevent workplace tragedies. WHSQ has published two safety films about Jed's experience.
Building bridges - Jed's story is a poignant reminder of the importance of communication, coordination and leadership when it comes to safety in the workplace.
The second film is based on the true story of Jed's workplace incident, as seen through his eyes. The film highlights some of the factors that contributed to the incident. It is designed for groups to use to discuss how to better ask questions and encourage workers to stop, think and lead change that will ultimately create safer workplaces. Check out the film at worksafe.qld.gov.au.
Jed can visit your workplace to share his story. Complete the online form and he'll be in touch.
More information on WHSQ safety advocates is at worksafe.qld.gov.au.