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PBF's Top 10 Initiatives during October #SafeWorkMonth

Do you ever wonder what type of organisations benefit from PBF’s injury prevention programs?  Or how PBF’s safety message is received by participants?

Here are ten examples of our activity throughout October, demonstrating our commitment to promoting safety and reducing injuries in the workplace:

1.Logan City Council – Logan, QLD

PBF kicked off safe work month with an early morning presentation to 200 council workers from Roads, Construction & Maintenance; Plant Fleet Services; and Parks.  Paul O’Brien shared his honest, hard hitting personal story which had an enormous impact, making the workforce re-consider how they personally look at safety in all aspects of their lives.

2.Northern Star Resources – 105km south of Pannawonica, WA

PBF’s Nigel Barley traveled to Paulsen’s Gold Mine to present a series of workplace injury prevention presentations.  Storytelling is a unique and engaging way to promote safety and Nigel’s story is both insightful and thought provoking.

3.Employees Safety, Health & Well-being Expo – Scenic Rim, Beaudesert, QLD

On the 4th October over 400 council employees attended this Expo.  Each session consisted of two keynote speakers and a walk-through of the exhibits.  PBF’s Jason McGregor shared his workplace injury story, along with Karlee Adams who spoke on the dangers of sun exposure.

4.PF Olsen – Albany & Bridgetown, WA

Australia’s agriculture industry has more fatalities and serious injuries than any other sector.  The Safe Work Australia Report showed that 40 agricultural workers were killed during 2016 and there were 2800 worker’s compensation claims for serious injury lodged.  PF Olsen, who provide forestry services to a wide range of forest growers in Australia, were proactive during safe work month engaging PBF’s Karen Harvey & Clinton Van Roon to deliver presentations in Regional WA.

5.Baw Baw Shire Council – Regional VIC

Jason McGregor traveled to Victoria to address two very different audiences.   The council’s office team based in Drouin, includes planners, engineers and administrators whilst the Warragul depot staff look after the council’s parks, gardens and maintenance. Jason’s injury prevention presentation was well received by both teams, demonstrating that PBF’s underlying safety message really does apply to everyone.  A reminder that safety is not restricted to the work site.

6.Consolidated Plastics & Epoxy Qld – North Mackay, QLD

Channel 7 in North Qld reported on a special safe work month function, “Safety & Your Future”.  With four guest speakers specialising in workplace safety, Shane Webcke (Qld Safety Ambassador) and PBF’s Paul Carson were the stand out presenters.  Paul’s workplace injury story is unfortunately one we are all too familiar with; the sum of many incidents and accumulating oversights resulting in a life changing accident.

7.Northrop Grumman (NGA)  – ACT, NSW, QLD

Following on from the success of a trial program in July, NGA rolled out PBF’s Injury Prevention Workplace program at 7 of their sites during their safety week.  NGA has a long and proud history of supporting Australia’s defence forces through providing maintenance and modification work on the Nation’s military aircraft. With locations in the ACT, NSW and Qld, Paul O’Brien spent a week travelling around sharing PBF’s key message with their workforce.

8.CBH Group – Perth, WA

We trialled our new workplace program encouraging employees of corporate member CBH to take time out from their busy day and to “Hear our story and make better choices”.  Participants were invited to sit in a wheelchair and listen to an audio recording of one of our presenter’s workplace injury stories.  They were then given the opportunity to reflect on their immersive experience and discuss with the PBF team.

9.Logan City Council – Logan, QLD

Towards the end of safe work month PBF Australia conducted a special road safety presentation for the council’s younger employees.  Meg Loneragan shared her personal story of driving whilst young and inexperienced on a country road and her traumatic life-changing accident. Many inexperienced young drivers are over-confident and drive beyond their skill level; Meg’s story aims to prevent people from making poor choices and taking unnecessary risks when driving.

10.Department of Primary Resources & Regional Development – Bunbury, WA

Lenny Etteridge’s PBF injury prevention presentation was well received with many attendees thanking him for sharing his personal story.  One participant commented “Lenny’s presentation made my colleagues reflect and take safety more seriously. Safety is not something that is easy to convince others to take seriously.”

A genuine safety culture is created from within and it essential that all employees take a shared responsibility for safety in their workplace.  By sharing our workplace injury stories, PBF Australia are actively helping employees tune in to their own behaviour and their personal responses towards safety.

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Paul O'Brien addressing Logan City Council
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Jason McGregor presenting to the Baw Baw Shire Council in Drouin
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Paul Carson guest presenter for Consolidated Plastics & Epoxy in North Mackay
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Paul O'Brien speaking with Northrop Grumman in Brisbane
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Andrew Pittaway (HSEQ Manager CBH Group) with Symon Still testing out the empathy program
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Megan Loneragan & Darron Shields speaking with young drivers at Logan City Council
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