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Local builders urged to down tools for safety breakfast with FOG

Sunshine Coast tradies will be able to kick start their day with Queensland FOG (former Origin Great) Dan Stains at a Safe Work Australia Week builders’ breakfast seminar next week.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood today encouraged builders to set aside a couple of hours from their busy schedules for a timely message from the former Maroon second rower on the importance of returning home safely from work at the end of each day.

"There are around 100 work-related deaths and nearly 30,000 serious injuries or illnesses each year in Queensland," Dr Blackwood said.

"The construction industry is among the more hazardous and what the statistics do not convey is the devastating personal consequences for workers their colleagues and families.

"This seminar gives builders a chance to find out why Dan Stains, one of the toughest rugby league forwards to play for his state, thinks workplace health and safety is so important."

Other speakers will include Sean King, Workplace Health and Safety and Environment Manager, Master Builders Queensland; Shane McHardie, Workplace Health and Safety Officer, RGD Constructions (2009 Master Builders Queensland Innovation in Workplace Health and Safety Award recipient for The Edge, Lake Kawana); and Daniel Vercoe, Senior Advisor, Transport and Main Roads, who will speak on the roadworker safety campaign.

The breakfast is a joint initiative of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Master Builders Queensland. It will be held at Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, 34-36 Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore, 7-9am, Tuesday 27 October. Cost is $10, which includes a hot breakfast and a complimentary sample bag.

To obtain further information or register, visit or call the Workplace Health and Safety Infoline  on 1300 369 915.

Safe Work Australia Week runs from 25 to 31 October. The national campaign is now in its fifth year and aims to encourage all Australian employers and employees to improve workplace safety.

*Note to news editors: Dan Stains and the other speakers will be available for interviews following their presentations. Call 3405 3762 or 0438 769 091 to arrange an interview.

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1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015
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