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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Spotlight on electrical safety for students and sparkies

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, September 07, 2018

    Spotlight on electrical safety for students and sparkies

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace visited New Farm State School today to officially launch Electricity Safety Week (10 – 14 September) and the Energy Queensland’s Safety Heroes Program.

    “There has never been a more important time to shine a light on electrical safety at home, at school and in the workplace,” Ms Grace said.

    "We want all Queenslanders to be aware of potential electrical safety risks.

    “Most homes now have a range of devices and appliances such as smart phones, tablets and game consoles.

    "I urge all Queenslanders, whether they own or rent a property, to mark Electricity Safety Week by testing their home safety switch.

    “Safety switches are insurance against electric shock because they shut off electricity supply when current leakage is detected.

    “To promote electrical safety in schools, Energy Queensland has been running the Safety Heroes program for a number of years.

    "I'm pleased to launch the program at New Farm State School today because I’m 100 per cent behind any initiative which helps keep our children safe.”

    Ms Grace said it was also important to spread the safety message within the electrical industry.

    “We have 56,000 licensed electrical workers in Queensland and almost 12,000 licenced electrical contractors,” she said.

    “Despite our best efforts, the message to work safely doesn’t always get through.

    “We know that sometimes, people take unnecessary risks and shortcuts, so they can get a job finished sooner and meet a tight deadline and sadly, this can have tragic consequences.

    “Since this time last year, there have been 33 serious electrical incidents in Queensland.

    “While none of these incidents were fatal, we cannot focus enough on safety and that’s exactly what Electricity Safety Week is all about.”

    Ms Grace said the highlight of Electrical Safety Week will be the Electricity Safety Summit at Victoria Park Golf Complex on 11 September. For more information visit electricalsafety.qld.gov.au.

    Media contact: Emma Clarey – 0439 578 472