Regional Safety Expo 2017 in Tamworth showcases equipment, advice

GEAR: Yvonne Cini and Allisyn Dickson show off the SES boat - inflatable, capable of carrying two people and able to be moved by one. Photo: Gareth Gardner 191017GGB002
GEAR: Yvonne Cini and Allisyn Dickson show off the SES boat - inflatable, capable of carrying two people and able to be moved by one. Photo: Gareth Gardner 191017GGB002

THE Tamworth SES was only too happy to show and tell how they could help people stay safe, when the first Regional Safety Expo took place today.

Products, services and advice were available at the TRECC event for people wanting to stay safe at work and at home.

SES logistics officer Yvonne Cini said one example was preparing for the event of a flood – and knowing if you were at risk.

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“We’re trying to get businesses to take notice of their own flood safety procedures, know if they’re in a flood-prone zone … just so they’re prepared if they know there’s going to be one,” she said.

“Some businesses know from previous times, and ring and say, ‘Can I come and get some sandbags?’ which helps us out, too. 

“We have a machine and we can turn out as many as we need – about 30 in 10 minutes.”

Some stallholders had safety equipment such as confined space winching gear; others were there to talk about wellbeing programs to reduce workplace stress and the costs associated with reduced productivity and time off work.

Guest speakers included Zokal Safety Australia’s James Prout on safety oversights that could result in a jail sentence; the latest legislation on industrial manslaughter in Queensland; and what this meant for business owners, managers and staff not only in that state.

Another popular speaker was Nigel Smith, who lost his leg in an industrial accident and went on to represent Australia in volleyball at the Paralympics.