CQ workplace accidents caused by lack of training

TNT Training Solutions owner Tash Fee training on a drill Rig at Kansanshi Mine Site at Solwezi, Africa.
TNT Training Solutions owner Tash Fee training on a drill Rig at Kansanshi Mine Site at Solwezi, Africa. Contributed

SAFETY and training - is enough emphasis placed on the significance of these concepts in industry workplaces?

Bundaberg rig safety and training co-ordinator Shane Symons works in and around the central Queensland region and previously worked as a driller for years.

He believes many accidents on site are caused by lack of training.

"A lot of people are pushing the safety side of things but there are still a lot of people not taking that on board," he said.

Mr Symons said there was a lot of paperwork involved with high risk jobs.

"In my job at the moment I have this argument daily. They have to do 15-30 minutes of paperwork just to do a 10 minute job."

Mr Symons said some workers thought that while no-one was watching, they could get away with taking shortcuts - no paperwork needed.

"I put it down to laziness," he said.

While the paperwork added time, Mr Symons was adamant it was important.

"On a rig the other week, we had a driller nearly kill himself - he obviously wasn't harnessed in.

"They dropped the hand rails down off the drill floor and he fell off. Obviously they didn't have their safety procedures in place."

Being an experienced driller Mr Symons understood the pressure some workers were under to complete a job.

"The client will always say there are no time restraints, but there is. A lot of the time you have to remind them what their position is."

Gladstone TNT Training Solutions owner Tash Fee said safety was paramount.

"If you don't feel safe carrying out a task, just put your hand up."

An experienced training officer, Ms Fee has been all over the world teaching others the importance of being prepared.

Ms Fee agreed it could be hard for men especially to accept a hard task and identify hazardous areas.

"There's that 'harden-up mate' connotation. But changing our culture is the biggest thing."

Ms Fee said training in Gladstone was getting better.

"In civil construction it's really good," she said. "In residential they are still coming to terms with risk assessments and take fives.

"It's trying to instill in these workers that the old ways aren't always the best way, especially with some older people."

Topics:  business central queensland employment workplace health and safety

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