As the Queensland Government’s Safety Ambassador, Shane visits Queensland businesses, speaking with workers about the importance of staying safe at work and creating a strong safety culture.
James Hyne said the Hyne Group was proud to host a safety breakfast event with Shane as the speaker.
“Hyne Timber values and integrates safety in all that we do and supports all team members to be part of our safety culture.
“Shane shared his inspirational story of the impact the workplace death of his father had on him and his family and the importance of staying safe at work,” James said.
“He provided a heart-felt perspective on how safety for all team members is something that extends beyond our sites and business.”
Hyne Timber temporarily shut down their Glulam plant so all team members could attend the event and extended the invitation to others across the business as well as over 20 local businesses and organisations.
“On behalf of all those who attended, I would like to thank Shane and the Queensland Government for their contribution to make all workplaces safer,” Mr Hyne said.
The event included a BBQ breakfast and opportunity to ask Shane questions while reflecting on his talk.
Shane says enough time has passed that he can speak about the tragedy and the impact losing his dad 28 years ago has had on him and his family.
“My motivation for accepting the role as Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Safety Ambassador is linked to the fact that I lost my father in a preventable workplace accident,” Shane said.
“If I can change the attitude of one person and perhaps prevent something like this from happening to another family – well, then it would have been worthwhile.”
“As Queensland Safety Ambassador, I have travelled around the state visiting workplaces and sharing my story. I hope I’ve made even a small difference and made people think twice about their own and their mates’ safety and encourage businesses to create positive safety cultures”.
More about Shane Webcke
Queensland Rugby league legend Shane Webcke finished his Rugby League career with a fairy-tale ending after the Brisbane Broncos won the 2006 Grand Final. On that night he retired from professional football being named as one of the very best in the business. He retired after 25 NRL Finals appearances, four Grand Finals and four Premiership wins.
Whilst he is well known for his success on the field, those who have heard him speak know of his strong connection and commitment to work safety.
Shane put his promising football career on hold in 1994 when his dad died in a workplace incident. Now as Queensland Safety Ambassador, Shane shares his story in the film, ‘Playing it safe with Shane Webcke’.
In the film he shares the story of growing up on the land, the bond with his father and how his father's death impacted his family. Shane visits Queensland businesses speaking with workers about the importance of staying safe at work and creating a strong safety culture.