There's still time to get those last-minute plans happening and join other rural workplaces across the state in celebrating Safe Work Month. Hosting your own event will demonstrate your commitment to safe and healthy workplaces.
Add extra impact to your event and book one of our Safety Advocates. A visit from a Safety Advocate is free of charge, whether it's for a special Safe Work Month event or your regular safety meeting, toolbox talk or annual staff BBQ to speak to workers, supervisors and managers about the importance of safety in the workplace.
If your workplace uses quad bikes, consider booking Jodie and Mario Cocco. Jodie and Mario's son Domenic suffered life-threatening injuries when he crashed a quad bike. He was not wearing a helmet and had no formal training. They hope to encourage Queenslanders to take quad bike safety seriously and understand the impacts an injury can have on workers, colleagues, family and friends.
Jodie and Mario spoke recently at AgForce workshops in Queensland's Central West. In their words: "We hope our message for people to stop and think of the possible dangers before they get on a quad bike hit home. Our discussions with the farmers also highlighted the importance of knowing first aid and administering it when the incident first occurs - which could be crucial in saving a life. It can be hours before emergency services arrive in these rural and remote areas.”
If you use tractors, consider booking Garry Nichols. Garry's leg had to be amputated after a tractor rollover and he hopes to help others avoid what he has been through. In his own words: “A small lapse in concentration and you could end up seriously injured - or worse. In my case it was a tractor. You may be driving home or walking across the road. A split second is all it takes.”
There's still time too to register for the Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference on Wednesday 16 October, featuring ground-breaking research and trends in work health and safety and return to work, including artificial intelligence, office design and the science of sleep and fatigue in the workplace.
Our Breakfast forums this year are dotted across the state, in Mackay, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Logan, Rockhampton, Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. These breakfasts are a must for those working in safety. With an extended half day program, delegates have plenty of time to connect and share ideas with other industry professionals and enjoy an innovative workshop delivered by audience favourite Kieran Flanagan.
Download resources to help hold your own event – there's even a Spotify playlist – or register to attend one of ours at worksafe.qld.gov.au.