League legend Shane Webcke visited CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station near Chinchilla today to reinforce the safe work message ahead of a $68 million overhaul project.
Webcke, the 2016 Safe Work Ambassador, grew up on the Darling Downs and has a strong connection to work safety as his father was killed in a workplace incident.
“I lost my dad in a workplace accident, so I know first-hand that family and loved ones are the most important reason for working safely,” he said. “I hope sharing my story will prevent other families going through what mine did.”
CS Energy employees are gearing up for a 56-day shutdown project at Kogan Creek from April 8, involving major contractors Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Siemens and Australian Laboratory Services.
“We’re expecting a peak workforce here on site of approximately 500 people, which will include more than 400 contractors, along with the power station’s permanent workforce of 72 people,” Kogan Creek Power Station general manager Phil Matha said.
“The types of extra workers on site will range from trades assistants, to technicians and engineers, including a small number of specialists from overseas. This contractor workforce will be accommodated at different motels and camps in Chinchilla.”
Mr Matha said Webcke’s visit to Kogan Creek followed a recent visit to the company’s Callide Power Station in Central Queensland.
“Shane’s presentation has really hit home with our workers at CS Energy,” he said.
“His moving story is a reminder of how quickly and easily workplace accidents can happen. At CS Energy, safety is our number one priority and we empower employees and contractors to put safety above everything else.”
Safe Work Australia figures show there were 192 workers nationally who lost their lives at work in 2015.