Thursday 01 September 2016

Geelong footy champ tackles workplace health and safety

Triple premiership player and former Geelong captain Cameron Ling has been named ambassador of WorkSafe Health and Safety Month.

“Lingy”, as he is known to footy fans across the state for his work as an AFL football commentator, will promote activities in Melbourne and across the state for the expanded event, which will run from 4-27 October.

“Workplace safety is everyone’s business and I will do everything I can to encourage Victorians to learn more during Health and Safety Month,” Mr Ling said.

“Everyone has an interest in getting workers home safely at the end of the day, because we all have family or friends who work. It’s why we all need to play our part.”

Mr Ling, who will launch the event at an invitation only Business Leaders’ breakfast at the RACV Club in Melbourne, said he was delighted to be WorkSafe’s ambassador.

“WorkSafe is ferociously committed to keeping Victorian workers safe, and I am honoured that I have been asked to work with such a respected organisation on such a vital issue,” he said.

More than 60 free seminars will be held across the state on a huge range of topics – from general themes such as the importance of mental health and wellbeing, and the rise of occupational violence, through to special interest issues such as construction safety, labelling of hazardous chemicals, new systems for developing and evaluating incident reports, and return to work strategies. New in 2016 are three case studies that discuss real-life incidents, what went wrong and the lessons learnt.

Director of R U OK? Graeme Cowan, AFL legend Kevin Sheedy and CSIRO Dr Dana Bradford, will headline a special symposium in Melbourne on October 26 while the Victorian Trades Hall Council will run a special Health and Safety Reps conference in Melbourne on October 25.

There will also be regional events in Geelong (6 October), Warrnambool (11 October), Ballarat (12 October), Bendigo (13 October), Mildura (14 October), Swan Hill (17 October), Echuca (18 October), Morwell (19 October) and Bairnsdale (20 October).

WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies said that the event had been expanded to run across the month to ensure more communities could be involved.

“We know workplaces are changing and new challenges are arising, so it is important that employers and employees continue to question what they are doing and educate themselves on emerging issues,” she said.

“More seminars across the state means more Victorians than ever before will have the opportunity to hear from experts in a broad range of subjects.”

All seminars in Health and Safety Month are free but bookings are essential. To learn more and to make bookings, go to


*Media can request photos and interviews with Cameron Ling by contacting WorkSafe Media Advisor Caitlin Rode, 0434 685 577.

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Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caitlin Rode: 0434 685 577, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.