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24th Annual National Safety Awards of Excellence

Darron Shields
Darron Shields competing in the Gold Coast Triathlon

With a mission to inspire, inform and engage Australian businesses in best practice workplace health and safety, the NSCA Foundation hosts the Annual National Safety Awards of Excellence.

This year the NSCA Foundation received over 120 nominations for the Awards. The successful finalists impressed the judges by demonstrating innovation, commitment to safety as a business priority, proven return on investment and leading work health and safety standards in their industry.

PBF Australia was honoured to be asked to provide the keynote speaker for this event.   Darron Shields delivered a heartfelt message to the finalists at the prestigious gala luncheon held on 13th October at the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney.

Darron is a keen triathlete – only now he competes using a hand-cycle and racing chair as a para-triathlete.  Darron shared his personal story woven with PBF’s message that safety should be seen as a core life value.  He expressed how his mind set, passion for sport and the activities of the day contributed to his incident.   Darron discussed openly the details of his surgery, rehabilitation, emigration, obtaining a sports science degree and competing in world class Ironman events.  A great role model for safety in life, Darron co-ordinates PBF’s east coast team of Injury Prevention Presenters (all living with spinal cord injuries).  While most Australians understand the importance of safety in the workplace, very few people make it a core life value in their everyday life, until it is too late.

“Darron’s presentation struck an emotive chord with the audience, not just because of the impacts of his accident on his life, but also because of the matter-of-fact way in which he describes his journey since.  Darron’s story combined a positive example of what can be achieved with making safety a core value in all facets of life.” Jamie Burrage (General Manager, NSCA Foundation).

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