Mal Meninga in Mackay to enforce safety in the workplace
MR Meninga, who is Queensland's Safety Ambassador, was in Mackay to speak at MAIN's Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safe Work Seminar at the MECC.
He said achieving zero harm in the workplace was a reachable goal.
"I've got a personal interest in it all because my father passed away as a result of a workplace incident," he said.
"So safety has really strong connections with me.
"We want your workplace team-mate to go home safely to his family at the end of the day. That's what it's all about."
He said at the MECC yesterday, communication is key when conveying the safety message.
"When you talk about 25 deaths in Queensland a year and something like 25,000 injured in the workplace - most of it's preventable," Mr Meninga said.
"(Most accidents are) more to do with males certainly in the construction and mining industries, and it's generally the young ones. We've got to make sure as individuals we accept and be accountable for safety in the workplace and help your mate out.
"If everyone achieves that we'll certainly start to decrease the amount of deaths and illnesses in the workplace."
As the coach of the Queensland State of Origin side, Mr Meninga said safety of players is a priority.
"Rugby league or professional sport is driven on a culture of safety," he said.
"It's about us as coaches and staff looking after each other and making sure the player is treated well. It's about looking after them. Professional sport has many principles that business should have."
RUGBY League legend and Queensland's Safety Ambassador Mal Meninga was in Mackay to enforce the importance of safety in the workplace.
Meninga spoke at the MAIN Safe Work Seminar at the MECC this morning.
"The few messages we want to impose is that safety really is a business asset and we want your workplace team mate to go home safely to their family at the end of the day," he said.
"We want try to achieve zero harm in the workplace.
"It's a difficult goal but it's something we've got to aspire to."