Feb 27, 2019

‘Shot in the arm’ for workplace safety

‘Shot in the arm’ for workplace safety

Chain of responsibility and workplace obesity are among the focus topics for the annual Resource Industry Network (RIN) Safety Conference, to be held in Mackay in March.

Resource Industry Network WH&S Group chair Mick Crowe said the Safety Conference was an ‘annual shot in the arm’ safety wise for the broader community.

“Our goal with the conference is to motivate, educate and inspire such that everyone can take away practical actions which will help them and others improve,” Mr Crowe said.

RIN WH&S Group chair Mick Crowe.

“It’s not just for the people who work directly on the mine site, but those who support offsite as well.

“We consistently have good feedback from the day and it is well supported by both miners and supporting businesses.

“Safety is about leadership. If you want to drive improvement in physical safety, connect better with your workforce, and learn practical skills that will teach you about major safety skills, the Safety Conference is a must-do event.”

Key focus areas of discussion for 2019 include:
• Critical controls – avoiding the big risks
• Chain of Responsibility – if you own the vehicles you own the risk
• Influence for desired safety cultures
• Managing risks of workplace obesity
• Mental Health & Well-being – proactive versus reactive, real steps for your team
• Safety leadership starts with you

The conference will open with a sobering story from Dallas Adams. Losing his father and brother in two separate workplace accidents has been the impetus behind his bid to make underground workers safer.

There will also be a panel discussion – What it means to be a Safety Leader: Synchronising leadership, safety, efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace – which will feature Curragh operations general manager Johan Ballot, BHP head of business partnering for health, safety and environment Bobbie Foot, and Anglo American SSE and generalmManager Paul Stephan.

Other speakers include Adani Australia chief executive officer Lucas Dow, Mackay Cutters chief executive officer Maurie Fatnowna, COR Australia lawyer Andrew Watt, mental health advocate Craig Hamilton, Independent Mining Services director Ryan McGovern, and Mackay Mayor Cr Greg Williamson.

Influential leadership expert Belinda Brosnan will show delegates how to take what they’ve learnt and use it to improve their workplace safety culture in her closing presentation titled ‘Leading a Safe Culture Starts with You”.

WHEN: March 21st (informal panel discussion & networking drinks) & March 22nd (Safety Conference)
WHERE: BB Print Stadium (21st)
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (22nd)
TIME: 5.00pm – 7.00pm (21st)
7.15am – 4pm (22nd)
TICKETS: $300 Members / $400 Non-Members
TO REGISTER: www.resourceindustrynetwork.org.au/Events

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