Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is taking bookings for Safety Advocate visits this year, and two of the team have a message particularly for construction sites across the state.
Safety Advocates share powerful stories that will inspire your workers to think long and hard about what can happen if safety is overlooked.
Jed Millen’s career as a rigger ended when the bridge deck he was working on collapsed under his feet and he fell 5m onto the ground, permanently injuring his upper spine vertebrae. He now visits Queensland businesses to reinforce the importance of workplace health and safety and highlight the personal impacts an injury can have on workers and their families.
Michael Garrell’s son Jason was just 20 years old when he was electrocuted at a construction site in Clermont in 2012. He had only been working there for nine days. Michael reveals what it’s like to lose a child to a preventable workplace incident. He promotes the need for effective communication between sub-contractors on construction sites, as well as appropriate supervision and supportive mentoring of young workers.
In 2019, our Safety Advocates gave 330 talks to more than 17,000 people. They travelled to large and small workplaces all over the state—town and country, rural and regional—making visits north to Smithfield, west to Isisford and south to Coolangatta.
The advocates are available all year round and visit at no charge to Queensland businesses.
View our advocates’ stories and see how workplace incidents impact on workers, their families and communities.
Both Jed and Michael are available to visit COVID safe construction workplaces. With Workers’ Memorial Day coming on 28 April, why not book an advocate to reinforce the importance of working safely and honour those that have lost their lives in workplace tragedies.