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The Bionic Man, Alan Newey, was the first person in Australia to be fitted with a mind-controlled bionic arm.  At 35 years old, Alan lost his right dominant arm to a conveyor belt accident and spent many years in recovery and rehabilitation.   Alan will be giving a real insight into his life-changing experience at the upcoming NSW Regional Safety Conference & Expo.  Seventeen years after his accident, Alan was the first person to trial the bionic arm through a Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) operation...

Patrizia Cassaniti, after the tragic loss of her 18-year-old son, Christopher, is campaigning for better safety standards.  In April, Christopher Cassaniti was crushed and suffocated to death by 17 metres of fallen scaffolding at his Macquarie Park worksite.    Patrizia and her family are fighting justice, lobbying for #ChristophersLaw. She hopes to encourage new legislation that provides workers the right to remove themselves from a dangerous situation if they feel unsafe, without fear of persecution.  “I promise, I’ll continue until it’s done. Christopher and all the others who have died at work, will not have died in vain," she vowed.  Patrizia...

Dr. James L Murray I’ve met with A LOT of businesses over the past twenty years, and almost all of them tell me that they have the same three problems: They want to improve their business’ safety and injury management practices. BUT they don’t have the data to develop any meaningful strategies They don’t know how to effectively triage and manage ill and injured workers. The workers comp’ process can be harsh and they have trouble tracking their workers recovery...

In the workplace it is important that any potential risks are identified, minimised and reduced to ensure the health and safety of all persons. SafeWork Australia are constantly delivering on new ways to help workplaces strive for this and have developed a manual task risk management program known by the acronym, PErforM (Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks) to do just this. The PErforM program has been developed to ensure that workplaces are taking those extra steps to...

By Keith Johnson In this lecture we challenge the thinking of the Safety Professional with examples like: companies do a lot of things for the sake of health and safety……we do lots of paperwork, a lot of reporting, there is a lot of activity….yet on face value it does not tell us a whole lot about whether our risks are being managed or whether we have exercised good due diligence; similarly, our obsession with frequency rates...

By Kashveera Chanderjith Disability, a conversation spoken about passionately amongst advocates of people with disabilities and with pride and sometimes anguish, amongst people living with disabilities. However, when it comes to Corporate Australia, this conversation somewhat quietens as this is yet to fully become part of the fabric of our employee conversations, customer interactions and safety considerations.  Around a third of Australian households include a person with a disability, and if almost 20% of all Australians have some...

By Jaelea Skehan. Work is important.  It is the way most of us get the financial resources to live our lives, but it is also the place where we can build confidence, contribute to society and make meaningful connections. We have seen great momentum here in Australia to promote mentally healthy workplaces, with many people now aware of the human and financial benefits of taking mental health and wellbeing in the workplace seriously. However, to really change lives as...

The NSW Regional Safety Conference was created to foster a positive attitude towards Workplace Health and Safety. Through education, we hope to reduce the staggering number of injuries and fatalities that occur every year. One area that is particularly preventable is chemical exposure. In fact, SafeWork NSW believes the diseases, illnesses, irritations and injuries are 100% preventable. The organisation, who will be exhibiting at our 2019 event, says the safe use, storage and handling of chemicals...

By Alan Newey Chat Safety was born from the ashes of a workplace accident in where I lost might right dominant arm.  My real experience in Occupation Heath and Safety was not taught at school it came from going through a serious workplace injury in which I lost my right dominant arm. Through the process of years of rehab I had to deal with the following points. Workplace accident The effect on family and friends Workplace culture ...

By Bronwyn Reid Later this year, I will be presenting at the NSW Regional Safety Conference in Newcastle, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting with everyone there. Anyone who follows my writing will know that regional small business and safety are two recurring themes in my work, and they both come pretty high up in importance. Hence, having the chance to attend a whole conference that covers both these topics is a real privilege for...