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Builders urged to get involved ‘boots and all’ in Safe Work Australia Week

Builders are being encouraged to set aside a couple of hours in their busy schedules to focus on the importance of safety in the workplace during Safe Work Australia Week.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood said there are around 100 work-related deaths and nearly 30,000 serious injuries or illnesses each year in Queensland and the construction industry is among the more hazardous.

"What those statistics do not convey is the devastating personal consequences for workers, their colleagues and families," Dr Blackwood said.

"This week, a number of breakfasts and seminars have been arranged specifically for the construction industry where guest speakers will help reinforce the need for everyone in the industry, from apprentices to principal contractors, to take the initiative to develop and maintain a safe workplace.

"Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from 25-31 October, highlighted health and safety in the workplace.

"Queensland's theme for 2009 is Healthier and safer workplaces. Healthier and safer workers. The theme links to the Queensland Government'sToward Q2 strategywhich aims to make Queenslanders the healthiest in the nation by 2020," he said.

"If people cannot attend these organised events, I would encourage them to use the week to focus on what they can do to make their own workplace safer and healthier.

"Specific health and safety tips for the construction industry can also be found on the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website."

Brisbane: Builders Breakfast, guest speaker Mal Meninga Tues 27 October              
Sunshine Coast: Builders Breakfast, guest speaker Dan Stains Tues 27 October
Gold Coast: Construction Industry and Young Workers Breakfast Fri 30 October
Rockhampton: Zero Harm at Work Seminar, guest speaker Matthew Gill Fri 30 October

For further information visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or call the Workplace Health and Safety Infoline on 1300 369 915.

*Note to news editors:  To arrange an interview with a safety ambassador please call 3405 3762 or 0438 769 091.

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Last reviewed
1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015

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