08 Aug 2018

Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter recently launched Tradies Health Month with the stark message regarding the latest work health and safety statistics.

These statistics show that although tradies make up almost one-third of the Australian workforce they make up over half of the serious claims for workers’ compensation. Another distressing statistic which has been highlighted is that almost 50 tradies a year die from vehicle incidents.

Jason’s Story

Imagine starting a new job on a construction site but being killed on-site before you could even receive your first pay cheque. This was exactly what happened to Jason Garrels, and his death was preventable.

In the below video, Jason’s family and friends reflect on their experiences to highlight the importance of workplace safety

This video was provided by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), who are responsible for improving work health and safety in Queensland and helping reduce the risk of workers being killed or injured on the job.

If you are looking to refresh your Workplace Health and Safety knowledge, you can find a list of our Workplace Health and Safety courses here.

Feature image from Safe Work Australia.