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

    Maroochy builders focus on Workplace health and safety issues

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

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Maroochy builders focus on Workplace health and safety issues

    Workplace health and safety issues will be the focus at this week’s Maroochy builders’ breakfast, which is being held as part of Safe Work Australia Week activities.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the breakfast would highlight a range of work safety issues in the building industry.

    “This free breakfast is an ideal chance for workers, contractors and builders to find out more about workplace health and safety and I urge everyone to get involved,” Mr Dick said.

    “Former Australian cricketer Andy Bichel will be the guest speaker, and there will be presentations on new harmonised workplace safety laws and information on the Zero Harm at Work program.

    “Safe Work Australia Week activities highlight what we can all do to make our workplaces safer – no matter where you work in Queensland.”

    Mr Dick said the Queensland Government will be targeting specific hazards in the building industry over the next year to help cut injury rates.

    “Workers in the construction industry deserve to be safe,” he said.

    “Unfortunately, accident and injury statistics show that there is plenty of room for improvement within the industry when it comes to safety.

    “In particular, falls-from-height claims have jumped from 8 per cent of all claims within the industry five years ago to 14 per cent in 2008–09.

    “A new industry DVD featuring insights into the repercussions of serious workplace incidents will also be available.”

    Mr Dick said the Sunshine Coast Builders Breakfast was being held on Wednesday, 27 October from 7.30am to 9.30am at the Maroochydore Surf Club.

    For more information visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or telephone 1300 369 915.

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