Brisbane business leaders were invited to join a sporting legend at a special event held at 07:00 in King George Square today (October 28) to help promote safe workplace practices.
Rugby star Mal Meninga teamed up with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to host the popular Breakfast With Mal event.
The State of Origin coach attended the early morning meal as the Queensland Safety Ambassador, engaging with industry leaders to help drive home the importance of promoting and maintaining high standards in regards to hazard reduction.
Last year the event drew a crowd of over 2,000 local workers and managers, who were offered a range of safety resources, free health check-ups and – of course – a nutritious start to the day.
The sporting great spoke on the important role that leadership played in generating a safe and supportive workplace and how the wider community would benefit from an improved hazard-aware culture.
This year's theme was "Don't be blue! Be on a winning team, achieve zero harm at work" – an obvious play on the sporting rivalry between Queensland and New South Wales.
Speaking on the event, state industrial relations minister Cameron Dick said that the issue of workplace safety was not purely about managers and employees.
Dick asserted: "Healthy and safe workplaces mean that workers come home safely every day to spend time with family and loved ones.
"The most important reason for workplace safety isn't at work at all," he said.
Earlier in the year, Safe Work Australia chair Tom Phillips commented that 2011 had the lowest recorded incidents of workplace deaths since the start of the National Occupational Health and Safety strategy in 2002.
Phillips asserted: "While this is a good result, there were still 194 compensated fatalities recorded in Australia for [the year] 2009-10.
"[Returning] to work following an injury slightly improved from last year, with 75 per cent of injured workers successfully returning to work within eight to ten months of sustaining their injury."
While the figures are good news for workers across all industries, employees who are injured can still face a significant amount of time in which they are unable to earn a wage.
A compensation lawyer is able to assist these people by providing them with access to payments that mean they can recover in peace, without needing to worry about the cost of ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation therapies.
Using a no win no fee lawyer also means that victims can reduce the initial cost of a claim with a consultation that allows them to explore their legal options.