We all have a responsibility and duty for building a safe workplace around us, so we can get home safe to our families. We all deserve to be safe at work. No matter where you work, your physical and mental wellbeing is everything and is the responsibility of everyone at work – no matter your role.
Each Wednesday, join me, Peter Finn, managing director of FACE Contracting, as I navigate the ups and downs of the mining industry with forward-thinking professionals from all walks of life. If you’re involved in the mining industry in any way – whether you’re a lifer or a high-school student looking to make the leap – Full Production is the podcast for you.
On today’s episode we have Alan Newey who I have met through James Wood. Alan is the Director of Chat Safety and a speaker for CNB Safe Safety Speakers. He is also a survivor of a workplace accident, having lost his right dominant arm to a conveyor belt, and has spent many years in recovery and rehabilitation. He now presents to groups on the effects of his workplace accident and the impact on him and his family. Alan speaks from the point of view of an injured worker and gives a real insight into what happens to you during and after such a life-changing experience.
Alan goes into detail about the accident that changed his life and what that moment was like, from the time the machine took his arm through to the surgeries and aftermath of the accident. Alan is an incredibly positive guy and his determination and can do approach to life has seen him take a situation that would cripple most people and turn that into finding ways to help others in the workplace.
This episode also covers:
- What Alan’s career was like before the accident
- The ways that his accident changed his outlook and career choices
- How his sense of humour has helped him move past the accident
- Why the accident changed his outlook to life
- His advice to employers about safety and issues on the work site
- The brutal truth that management need to listen to workers before incidents occur
- Why mistakes are not the way to develop safe work practises on site
- If you see something that isn’t right on site – speak up
- The battle of compensation that Alan had to go through
- Why painkillers can be a dangerous crutch