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Michelina Pelosi - PBF Injury Prevention Road Presenter

What do you value in your life?  Can you see a linkage between those values and an incident that changes everything?

There are 350-400 spinal cord injuries in Australia each year.  46% these are caused by motor vehicles.

In fact, vehicles are the highest mechanism of injury for workplace fatalities, with work-related road crashes accounting for 1 in 3 occupational fatalities in Australia and 15% of the national road toll.

The majority of Australian companies have it covered when it comes to safety on the job.  In particular where staff are required to perform high risk procedures.  Unfortunately where safety often falls down (or is missed altogether) is with education relating to the importance of safe driving.  Vehicle safety is critical not only at work but also commuting to and from work.

PBF Australia’s injury prevention programs are tailored to address individual organisations issues.  We have noticed that road safety is becoming more and more of a focus.  Michelina Pelosi, one of our road presenters, recently spoke on road safety at a conference for FMC in Sydney.

FMC is an agricultural solutions company based in the US. They work side-by-side with Australian resellers and farmers to solve problems and create opportunities with their products and pipeline of proprietary chemistry.

A report released by Safe Work Australia on work-related traumatic injury fatalities for the period 2010-2011 states; “During this one year period, of the total 374 work-related fatalities (including commuting fatalities), 220 people were injured at work, 110 travelling to and from work, and 44 were bystanders.”

Work-related road crashes incur a greater average time lost in worker absence than any other workplace claim, and are estimated to cost approximately $500 million per year.

Michelina was involved in a motor vehicle accident that changed her life forever.  She not only lost the use of her legs (paraplegia) but her uncle. Through being open and able to talk about her crash, Michelina encourages people to make better choices to prevent it happening to them.

Rather than resorting to shock tactics through use of graphic accident images, FMC chose to educate their workforce on the importance of determining what really matters most in their life. Then demonstrating the linkages with the loss of those values through a relaxed attitude whilst driving.

In the case of FMC, they wanted to focus on their safety shares, including cleaning window screens every 100km (particularly in regional areas), taking regular rest breaks and checking tyre pressures and tread. All of these things may seem minor but can add up to a disastrous incident. The purpose of FMC’s safety shares is to keep safety front of mind, making sure that every worker arrives home safe after their day at work.

“Michelina was brilliant and we have all spoken about her message many, many times since.  She was an exceptional presenter and we felt PBF Australia’s injury prevention workplace road presentation was very valuable. Michelina’s story will make us all think about safety for the rest of our lives, and I personally am very thankful for that.” Cassia Ferguson (Commercial Associate, Agricultural Solutions, FMC Australasia).

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*Statistics taken from CARRS Q paper – State of the Road Work-related road safety (

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