October 28, 2017
Former rugby league star – and now Queensland Safety Ambassador – Shane Webcke was the special guest speaker at a Safe Work Month event organised by BIEDO in Murgon on Thursday night.
You would have heard Shane on the radio and TV with his short but powerful message: “I lost my dad in a workplace incident, so I know first-hand that family and loved ones are the most important reason for work safety.”
But his full story is much longer than that … Shane’s father was crushed by an industrial wool press.
“It was just devastating, absolutely devastating,” he said.
Shane now travels around for WorkSafe Queensland, talking to all sorts of people to emphasise the importance of workplace safety.
Wherever he goes, his story always has a strong impact on his audience.
The Murgon event concentrated on safety at work, on the farm and at home.
Matt Wyvill, from the South Burnett Regional Council, spoke about the enforceable undertaking that Council entered into with the Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland after a man suffered serious injuries when he was crushed by a front-end loader at the Kingaroy Waste Management facility in 2013.
The incident resulted in Council implementing a number of changes, including an upgraded WHS management system and installing reversing cameras on high-risk equipment.
Carey Fuller, from Energy Queensland, spoke about safety around electricity … especially the all-important “Look Up And Live” message.
(On Friday morning, two men suffered electric shocks, and one of them burns, when their grain auger hit power lines on a property west of Toowoomba).