Category ten – Best demonstrated leadership in return to work
Bruce O'Grady was crushed in a forklift incident and suffered four fractured vertebrae, collapsed lungs, a broken pelvis, fractured ribs, damaged spleen and liver, crushed nerves from the waist down and partial bowel removal, as well as ongoing complications.
Bruce had a positive attitude about his rehabilitation and pushed himself to ensure his rehabilitation goals were met. After completing rehabilitation, Bruce returned to work four hours a week, increasing gradually to four days a week (at time of submission).
While Bruce was injured, he completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to assist in the role as a trainer for Maxcon. The effect of Bruce's incident and return to work has been that people are more aware of their working environment and are more proactive about safety. Bruce often speaks candidly to current and new staff about his injuries and the importance of safety in the workplace.
Bruce's goal is to return to full time hours soon, with the approval of his treating doctor.