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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    League legend to lead the charge into Safe Work Week

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    League legend to lead the charge into Safe Work Week

    Rugby league legend and record-breaking State of Origin coach Mal Meninga will tackle a new challenge on behalf of Queensland workers when he takes up his role as a safety ambassador for Safe Work Australia Week this month.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said Mal’s support for Safe Work Australia Week would highlight the need for workplace safety among workers and employers across the state.

    “Mal strongly supports the zero-harm-at-work concept and has a personal insight into the devastating consequences of losing a loved one because of a work-related incident that affected his family,” Mr Dick said.

    “We want workplaces from Weipa to Worongary to set aside the week to focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

    “As a respected and much-loved Queenslander, Mal will spread the safety message to help reduce these tragic deaths and injuries, which have an enormous emotional and financial impact on families and the community.

    “Each year in Queensland, there are about 100 work-related fatalities and nearly 30,000 cases where workers are either permanently impaired or seriously injured.

    “These workplace incidents cost the Queensland economy more than $5.2 billion each year.

    Mal Meninga said he had strong personal reasons for getting involved in Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from 24-30 October 2010.

    “I lost my father because of a workplace incident and it had a huge impact on my family,” he said.

    “I'm totally behind the concept of zero harm at work as everyone deserves to return home to their loved ones at the end of each working day.

    “Winning the State of Origin series five times in a row was no easy feat for the Maroons – it took a lot of hard work and great teamwork.

    “The same applies to achieving a zero-harm-at-work culture in your workplace – everyone needs to get on board and play their part,” he said.

    Mr Dick said Workplace Health and Safety Queensland had many events planned during Safe Work Australia Week to raise awareness of the importance of a safe and healthy workplace for all Queenslanders.

    “We’re working with employers and workers to build a positive zero-harm safety culture in all Queensland workplaces to reduce the number and severity of workplace incidents,” he said.

    Some of the highlights include:
    • the Queensland Work Safe Awards Ceremony on 26 October, showcasing innovative ideas and commitment to workplace and electrical health and safety
    • breakfast with Mal Meninga in King George Square on 28 October, when workplace safety experts will be on hand to give safety tips.

    Regional events will be held involving key industry stakeholders, business leaders, employers and unions.

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    Media contact:
    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487