Construction workplaces across the state are invited to book a session with a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) advocate.
Safety advocates share powerful stories that will inspire your workers to think long and hard about safety in your business. WHSQ safety advocates can attend an event in a format you’d prefer, whether it's your annual staff BBQ or a regular workplace toolbox safety meeting.
In 2022, safety advocates delivered 124 talks to more than 9,500 people. They travelled to large and small workplaces all over the state making visits north to Freshwater, west to Selwyn, and south to Burleigh Heads.
Safety Advocate - Jed Millen
Jed’s career as a rigger ended when the bridge deck he was working on collapsed under his feet and he fell five metres to the ground, permanently injuring his upper spine. Today, he visits Queensland businesses to reinforce the importance of workplace health and safety, and highlights the personal impacts an injury can have on workers and their families.
Safety Advocate - Michael Garrels
Michael’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 talks with communities about life after losing a child to a workplace incident, and the importance of preventative action. He promotes the need for effective communication between sub-contractors on construction sites, as well as appropriate supervision and supportive mentoring of young workers.
Both Jed and Michael are available to visit construction workplaces upon request.