Promoting workplace safety

PROMOTING workplace safety, especially on farms, Worksafe’s Game of the Month initiative brought guest speakers and a full day of sporting action to the Boisdale Recreation Reserve.

The event was held on Sunday, as Boisdale-Briagolong and Stratford clashed on the footy field and netball court.

Former Essendon and Port Adelaide AFL star Angus Monfries took hundreds of photos with fans, and former Australian netball star Eloise Southby, and Hawthorn legend Peter Knights were also on hand to share stories.

Southby was also spotted revving up players before the A grade netball match, handily won by the Bombers 45-31.

A special invite-only lunch, attended by dignitaries and life members, also featured the launch of Worksafe’s new ad campaign.

Worksafe chief executive Clare Amies introduced the ad, and said the focus was on the people who are affected by workplace injuries.

“Most of us know someone who may have been injured at a workplace, and in regional communities particularly, you notice it,” she said.

“It’s not just in that workplace, it’s someone’s family member, and when we’re at these events, in community football and netball, they’re the volunteers in the kitchen, they’re the umpires, they’re the coaches, or they’re the players.

“If one of those people is injured at work, or has a really bad experience that has a lasting impact on them, it’s going to also impact the community.”

Monfries said it was an important message to get across, and local sport was a good way to increase awareness.

“It’s great to be out here and to spread the message about being safe around the workplace, wherever that is, whether its on the farm or somewhere else, to be careful and look after yourselves,” he said.