The annual community breakfast in King George Square marks the start of Safe Work Month which runs across Australia throughout this month.
During the event, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said Safe Work Month highlights the importance of ensuring safety in the workplace.
“We all have the right to a safe workplace and every Queenslander deserves to go home to their loved ones at the end of each working day,” said Ms. Grace.
“We’d like everyone to make an extra effort this Safe Work Month by taking time to think about safety at work, make changes if necessary, and never rush into a task.
“It’s about thinking and living safety when you’re at work – doing whatever you can to help yourself and your colleagues work healthier and work safer.”
Safety breakfasts are also being held across Queensland. Workplaces are also holding their own safety days, toolbox talks and barbecues.
Ms. Grace was joined by Safety Ambassador Shane Webcke and Asbestos Awareness Ambassador Trevor Gillmeister at today’s breakfast.
“They were all delivering important messages about working healthier and safer,” said Ms. Grace.
“As a Government, we’re doing our bit too.
“We will honour those who are excelling at the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards ceremony in two weeks, and a day later we host the Injury Prevention and Return to Work Awards Conference.
“Looking to the future, we have new laws before the Parliament which will give us greater powers to deal with employers who don’t do the right thing by their workers.
“As well, we are establishing a labour hire licensing scheme to protect some of our most vulnerable workers. This is a first for Australia, although other states are following our lead.
“Because we know that work-related injuries and illnesses have a huge impact on people’s lives, and come at a huge cost to businesses.
“And so, a safe, healthy workforce is also good for a business’s bottom line,” said Ms Grace.