Electricity Safety Week begins

Published Monday, 07 September, 2020 at 11:33 AM

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

Electricity Safety Week (7-11 September) is Queensland’s annual reminder that while electricity helps power up our everyday lives, it can also be deadly.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace is urging everyone to get behind this year's iteration, especially those who work in the industry.

“The Electrical Safety Office is hosting free digital events focusing on health and safety in the industry, particularly mental health this year” Ms Grace said.

“These events are tailored for industry leaders, electrical workers, contractors and apprentices.

“The week kicks off with the Electricity Safety Summit on Tuesday 8 September, with Master Electricians New Zealand board member Dave Burt talking about the challenges he faced at work while he battled depression.

“The following day, there’s a webinar for electrical contractors and electricians featuring football legend and Australian Survivor champion Mat Rogers who will discuss the challenges he’s faced, including how he manages stress and personal loss.

“And on Thursday 10 September, the boys from Aussie workwear brand TradeMutt, Dan and Ed, look at stigmas around mental health during a digital session especially for apprentices and supervisors.”

There are more than 56,000 electrical workers and 11,000 electrical contractors in Queensland.

“Keeping them safe and armed with the latest industry knowledge and trends is a priority for this government,” Ms Grace said.

“We must ensure their work is not only legally compliant, but of the very highest standard to ensure everyone in our community is as electrically safe as possible.

“As much as we rely on it, we must never forget electricity can be an invisible and silent killer – it rarely gives second chances.”   

The full program for Electricity Safety Week is at electricalsafety.qld.gov.au.

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