New WorkSafe QLD safety films

AnthonysStoryGood to get back – Anthony’s story

Patient handling is an essential part of a paramedic’s job. It was something as simple as lowering a patient on a stretcher that left Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic Anthony Windle with a lower back injury and incapacitated for work.

Anthony was diagnosed with a lumbar disc protrusion in his spine and, at 60 years old, had doubts that he would ever be able to return to the job he had worked in for more than two decades.

“I really didn’t think I was going to come back,” Anthony said. “My doctor didn’t think I’d make it back.”

Anthony refused to be written off in his career before he was ready to retire and worked hard at his rehabilitation. He was already a fit man, and this fitness gave him a good head start in the challenging journey ahead of him.

A combination of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, a gym program, and sheer determination allowed Anthony to recover and obtain a doctor’s clearance to return to the job he loves.

Anthony talks in this short film about the relief when he “could be part of the crew again” at the Warwick ambulance station.

“It was so good to be able to get back and have a job again, earn some money again, be useful again.”

Jason’s Story

WorkSafe QLD have produced a range of short films which are designed to raise awareness of safety issues. They also released Jason’s story, in January 2016.

JasonsStoryJason’s story, takes a confronting, very honest look into the heartache of losing a son and a mate to a preventable workplace incident. Jason Garrels was just 20 years old when he died at a construction site in Clermont in 2012. He had only been working there for nine days.

Jason’s family and friends have shared their experiences to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety and the need for effective communication between sub-contractors on construction sites, and appropriate supervision and supportive mentoring of young workers.

Jason’s father, Michael Garrels, is a member of the Interim consultative committee for work-related fatalities and serious incidents, which was established to ensure there is an ongoing consultative forum for injured workers and families affected by a workplace death.

Source: WorkSafe QLD, Mar 2016