Brisbane father Fabrice Jarry had been working with glass for a long time without major incident when he lost control of a sheet in high wind. The consequences of the freak accident were a painful injury and 200 stitches in his arm.
“It freaked me out at first, there was so much blood. It cut through the muscle, it cut through an artery, it cut through tendons, but I just stayed focused on trying to stop the bleeding and getting an ambulance,” Mr Jarry recalls.
Mr Jarry was lucky to have only spent two months away from full work duties after it happened in 2013. He is telling his story now, during National Safe Work Month, because he wants all Australian workers to understand the importance of being safe.
“It’s so important to make sure you work safe, to look after yourself and to watch others when you can. I enrolled in Occupational Health and Safety and First Aid courses and I learned so much that I never considered. I would highly recommend it.”
Mr Jarry sat these courses and a glazing course with one of Australia’s leading training providers Glass Skills Australia, part of Improve Group Learning Solutions.
Improve Group Learning Solutions Managing Director, Bob Carter, said there were far too many stories just Like Fabrice’s and most could be avoided.
“We know that there are substantially more than 100,000 serious injuries in workplaces every single year and much of this comes down to cultural and educational reasons,” Mr Carter said.
“It’s things like shortcuts, being lazy, overconfidence, starting work without necessary information, neglect of safety procedures and other things lack of training are reasons behind injuries.”
As part of National Safe Work Month, the Glass and Glazing Association of Queensland will be hosting an industry safety forum in Brisbane on 22 October at the Colmslie Hotel in Morningside.
“We would highly recommend anyone in the glass and glazing sector attend the forum. We also know for a fact that when managers are trained, when supervisors are trained and when staff are in turn trained and educated, the number and seriousness of injuries reduces.”