Switch off for ceiling safety

by Ted Sorensen
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A comprehensive awareness campaign will urge Hervey Bay homeowners and tradies to stop and think before working in a roof space, following the tragic deaths of three Queenslanders.

Ted Sorensen said the Government was delivering on a key recommendation from a Coronial inquest into the rollout of the former Federal Government’s home insulation scheme.

“Three young Queenslanders were killed by something so preventable and this is about preventing further tragedies,” Ted said.

“The Government made a commitment to Queenslanders that we would restore accountability to government, which is why it ordered a Coronial inquest into the deaths of Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes and Mitchell Sweeney, who were all killed while installing insulation.

“A public awareness campaign was a key recommendation in the Coroner’s final report.

“TV, radio, newspaper and billboard ads will hit the airwaves and printers from this weekend, carrying a simple message: “Stay safer up there, switch off down here”.

“There are serious electrical safety risks in our ceilings and the best and simplest way people can make them safer is to turn off all of the main power at the switchboard before climbing up there.

“Free stickers, which are designed for ceiling manholes and switchboards, will also remind DIY homeowners or tradies to switch off the power before climbing into a roof.

“They will be available in major hardware stores and local electricians, with a homeowner’s permission, will also be able to apply them in homes they work in.

I urge Hervey Bay residents to stay safer up there by switching off down here. It is a simple safety precaution that can save their life.

The TV ads and more information on the campaign can be found online at: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/electrical-safety/staysaferswitchoff






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