Why I am passionate about Safety

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WE ALL WANT OUR LOVED ONES TO COME HOME SAFE FROM WORK.

For me, safety awareness began at a very young age. In 1985, thanks to a sheer miracle, my father didn’t die in a workplace incident.

At the time he was working for a bitumen company in Mackay. He and his Manager were cutting a piece of steel on a bitumen truck that he had done 100 times before. The only difference this time, it was a machine from another location. They were unaware that the set up on the bitumen truck for isolation was different from the trucks they regularly work on. They were unaware there was still one isolation point left open. There was a flash back into the bitumen truck that caused it to explode. Kerosene is mixed with the bitumen to help stick to the old bitumen surfaces. The tanker still had residual amounts of fumes which is why the tanker exploded. How they survived is a sheer miracle.

Its important to ensure we all are safe at work. Procedures, policies etc are there to protect you……It may take you 5 min longer to complete the task but its better than a lifetime without you.

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