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Shane Webcke to lead work safety in Queensland

Queensland rugby league legend and sports reporter Shane Webcke has been announced as the new Queensland Safety Ambassador, and will raise awareness of the importance of work safety within industry and the community.

Head of Office of Fair and safe Work Dr Simon Blackwood said Shane was passionate about work safety and understood all too well the impact that a workplace death can have, as his mechanical engineer father was killed at work.

“Shane’s attitude to work safety is influenced by his own personal story and safety at work is a message he is keen to share with as many people as possible. In Shane’s words ‘it ripped a hole in our family’,” Dr Blackwood said.

"Shane has a very personal commitment to work safety and enormously strong ties to the Queensland rural community. He lives on the Darling Downs, grew up in Toowoomba and was born in Leyburn.

"I am looking forward to working with Shane to highlight some of the great work that government and businesses are doing to continue to cut the workplace death and injury toll in this state."

The announcement was made at steel fabricator Gay Constructions, one of the major winners of the 2014 Safe Work Awards. The company took out the award for Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety, for the improvements it made to work safety.

“Only three years ago, the Murarrie company had its workers’ compensation premium capped at double the industry average. The company has managed to completely turn its work safety performance around by engaging its workers and introducing system changes that made safety the company’s number one priority,” he said.

"Part of their dramatic turnaround was due to Gay Constructions involvement with the Queensland Government’s Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program which helps employers with high injury rates and high workers’ compensation premiums get back on track. This is saving lives and saving money for businesses across the state.

“Work related fatalities and injuries have been falling in recent years, but there is always more that can be done.

“We will continue to celebrate the success stories, to provide advice and resources, and to work closely with businesses that need extra assistance to make their workplaces safer.”

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