Safety advocates

Safety in the workplace is no accident!

Our Safety Advocates will attend your event - whether it’s your annual staff BBQ or a regular workplace safety meeting – to speak to workers, supervisors and managers about the importance of safety in the workplace. Our safety advocates:

  • increase awareness about the importance of work health and safety
  • highlight the personal impacts that an injury can have on workers and their families
  • prompt discussion about work health and safety
  • encourage employers and workers to develop work health and safety solutions together.

Our Safety Advocates are not qualified inspectors and are not able to provide specific safety advice for your business, nor guidance on compliance with work health and safety or electrical safety laws. If you need assistance in these areas, please call 1300 362 128 and ask about our Injury Prevention and Management program, or visit

With the rapidly developing situation of the COVID-19 in Australia we have decided to postpone upcoming Safety Advocate bookings. We apologise for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support of the program. Any Safety Advocate enquiries can be directed to

Bill Martin

Bill MartinBill’s son, Tim, died at the age of 17 after he received an electric shock at work. Bill shares his tragic story to inspire people to lead in safety culture, and to better understand the unique safety requirements of young workers.


Left quoteWhat happened to Tim was so easily avoidable ... It absolutely shouldn’t have happened.Right quote

Jed Millen

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 onto the ground, permanently injuring his upper spine vertebrae.


Left quoteEvery year more than 40 people die due to workplace related incidents in Queensland – I want to use my story to encourage a more positive safety culture with workers.Right quote

Gavan McGuane

Gavan  McGuane

Gavan was blinded when he tripped and fell at work. He shares his story to prevent anyone else having to experience what he went through.


Left quoteThink about what it is you do and don't put yourself at risk just to get something completed five seconds faster than it would have otherwise been.Right quote

Garry Nichols

Garry Nicholls Garry was involved in a rural tractor roll-over incident which resulted in traumatic injuries, including the loss of his leg.


Left quoteA 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.Right quote

Julie and Don Sager

Julie and Don Sager At the age of 25, Julie and Don Sager's son Adam died from mesothelioma (an asbestos related disease).


Left quoteBefore you disturb any building material – especially in homes built before 1990 - check whether it is likely to contain asbestos.Right quote

Jodie and Mario Cocco

Domenic - thumbnailJodie and Mario Cocco's son Domenic suffered life-threatening injuries when he crashed a quad bike. He was not wearing a helmet and had not had any formal training.


Left quoteBefore riding a quad bike make sure you, your workers and your family have had formal training, always wear a helmet, use the right sized quad bike and never ride double.Right quote

Debbie and Dan Kennedy

Debbie and Dan Kennedy - Safety advocates Debbie and Dan’s son Dale was working in a ceiling space when he died from an electric shock. Dale was only 20 and close to finishing his electrical apprenticeship. He was also a young father himself.


Left quoteYou’re a stronger person if you stand up for your own safety, we want you to go home at the end of the day to your loved ones.Right quote

Michael Garrels

Michael GarrelsMichael Garrels' son Jason was just 20 years old when he died at a construction site. He had only been working there for nine days.


Left quoteWe need people’s behaviours to change, we want to prevent deaths from happening.Right quote

Workplace visits

Queensland businesses can request a safety advocate to visit a workplace, free of charge.

A safety advocate will attend your event – whether it’s your annual staff BBQ or a regular workplace safety meeting – to speak to workers about the importance of safety in the workplace.

Safety advocates share their personal stories of trauma and tragedy to compel workers to think about the most important reason for workplace safety. They have a few good tips that might help your workers appreciate the priority of workplace safety.

Workplace visits

Bill Martin and Jed Millen with Andrew Priem and Steve O’Keefe at John Holland Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.

Safety advocates can customise their presentations (somewhat) to suit your workplace event.

Safety advocates can stay around after the event to chat with your workers too, and answer any further questions.

If your workplace could benefit from a visit from one of our safety advocates, make a request and we'll be in touch.

Request a workplace visit

Safety advocate films

Forever young - Tim's story
Forever young - Tim's story - (DVD on request) highlights the impacts on family and friends of Bill Martin whose son, Tim, died at the age of 17 after he received an electric shock at work.

Changing focus - Gavan's story
Changing focus - Gavan's story follows the story of Gavan McGuane, who was blinded when an alkaline substance mixed with gas under pressure squirted into his eyes as he tripped and fell onto a beer keg.

Between a rock and hard place - Garry's story
Between a rock and a hard place - Garry's story is about a rural tractor roll-over incident and shows how quickly an ordinary work day can change into something more disastrous.

Building bridges - Jed's story
Building bridges - Jed's story - Jed had been working in the construction industry for more than 19 years when he fell five metres from a bridge, permanently injuring his back.

Losing breath - Adam's story
Losing breath - Adam's story tells the tragic story of Adam Sager who died with mesothelioma (an asbestos related disease) at the age of 25.

Domenic's film
Too fast, too soon – Domenic’s story
– In the film, Domenic's parents Jodie and Mario, talk about the horrifying experience and what may have made all the difference.