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Council embraces the ‘Live Safe’ message

Council embraces the ‘Live Safe’ message

Armidale Regional Council has embarked on a workplace health and safety initiative to highlight the importance of safety both in the workplace and at home.

The ‘Live Safe’ initiative encourages all staff to put safety first and foremost by taking the time to plan the working day and assess any potential risks. Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards, but 178 workers still lost their lives in 2016.

Armidale Regional Council CEO Peter Dennis says it is important to set the bar high on safety so we can live the life we want to live with family and friends.

“As CEO I value every one of my team at Armidale Regional Council,” said Peter Dennis.

“If a job is unsafe or a staff member is unsure, it is ok not to proceed. It is also encouraged that staff ‘look out for their mates’ and speak up if they are concerned about their safety or a colleagues.”

Council’s Work Health and Safety Committee have developed a set of Safety Principles that encourage positive safety outcomes that reinforce the importance of workplace health and safety procedures.

This week all council staff attended a safety session where they heard firsthand a powerful and confronting story about the impact a workplace incident can have on lives.

“Council staff heard the story of a colleague of mine who was a very experienced arborist,” said Peter Dennis.

“Around 10 years ago he was doing a very routine job that was only 2-3 metres off the ground. He wasn’t concentrating for less than a second and missed his Carabiner and fell onto a pile of timber. He ended up a paraplegic.

“His journey after that day was very difficult to listen to and a hard one for him to tell. The accident not only impacted on him (very personally) but many, many other people…this is the ripple effect of workplace injuries.  It is a story that highlights to us all why safety is important. Safety is not just important in the workplace put in our home life as well…. Hence live safe.”

If there are any other businesses in the Armidale region that would like to work collaboratively in the safety space Council would be happy to explore these opportunities.

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