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member news Spotlight on safety at the August Master Plumbers and Tradelink Business Breakfast It was the chance to hear directly from WorkSafe that brought a crowd of 90 plumbers, corporate partners, Tradelink staff and customers out to the north side of the city on Friday 18 August for the Master Plumbers Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) themed Business Breakfast. WorkSafe’s Construction Program Inspectors Steve Thornely and Cameron Ellis opened up the morning by providing an overview of Victoria’s construction industry, which is covered by four broad sectors: general, housing, civil and infrastructure, and utilities. Turn to page 39 for an in depth discussion from Steve about WorkSafe advice in construction. The break in the morning’s schedule provided valuable networking time and the opportunity for guests to visit the trade displays from Master Plumbers Corporate Partners Aquaknect, deconta, Kingspan Water and SME Fleet and Vehicle Purchasing. The impact of injuries and fatalities whilst at work was presented from a different perspective by the next speaker, David Pearce of Legacy. Legacy is a charity that provides services to families of Australian Defence Force veterans who have died or become incapacitated during their service or after. Finishing up the morning, Master Plumbers OHS Officer, Rod Tresidder, was joined by Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria (PAV) apprentice, Michael Fedke, for an insight into the impacts a workplace injury has on the individual and the employer, with the costs incurred being far more than just financial.

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Michael, now a fourth year apprentice and still working with PAV, talked about his personal experience after injuring his back in mid 2016, whilst carrying out a lift with another worker. Initially what he thought would be a short stint away from work, resulted in six months of intensive treatment and the struggle of being incapacitated as a brand new father. With full support and assistance from Rod, we are pleased to report that at the end of last year Michael received a full clearance to return to work. Rod, who works closely with Master Plumbers Members in managing WorkCover claims and return to work plans, emphasised the importance of employers showing compassion and understanding towards an employee when they are injured. Rod has seen first hand how this makes a huge difference in making the process far more effective for everyone involved. Rod Tresidder is available to assist Master Plumbers members with all of their OHS requirements including development of Safety Management Plans, Safe Work Method Statements, WorkCover Claims and return to work plans. Members can contact Rod on (03) 9329 9622. Thank you to Tradelink, our Platinum Partner and sponsor of the Business Breakfast Series.

See our exciting new calendar for the 2018 Business Breakfast Series on page 11.

Australian Magazine December 2017  

For over 25 years, Australian Plumbing has been the industry’s leading publication, delivering independent coverage of news and events.

Australian Magazine December 2017  

For over 25 years, Australian Plumbing has been the industry’s leading publication, delivering independent coverage of news and events.