Author: Doug Wright

Safety and Health

Most of us spend the major part of our lives either away at work or in our homes. We like to think we’re safe in those familiar environments and we seldom spare a thought for anything within them that could affect our health and wellbeing. When we hear the words ‘health and safety’, the usual visions that spring to mind are people falling off ladders, repetitive strain injuries, collapsing scaffolding and the like. We’re less likely to think about stress and the potential damage from unhealthy lifestyles or sleep disorders. It’s pretty easy to see if the mandatory hard hat, protective eyewear or safety gloves are being worn on the work site, but it’s not so easy to ascertain someone’s state of mind. How can we tell if Shane is worried about being laid off, or if Talia is being hassled by a senior with unreasonable work demands? Look for the warning signs of stress, both in yourself and in others. • trouble concentrating • fatigue • low morale • anxiety or irritability • alcohol or drug use • overeating or loss of appetite • workplace incidents • workplace violence Warning signs can show themselves in four different ways: • Physical, such as headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia • Psychosocial, such as defensiveness, mood swings or depression • Cognitive, such as decreased attention, forgetfulness, or lowered problem-solving ability...

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Two Great Men

By Doug Wright It takes a very special person to stand up against an unfair regime, to be a lone figure against an established order brought about by the tyranny of the majority. It takes a very special person with a wholehearted belief that what they’re doing is more than for the benefit of the few – it’s for the benefit of mankind as a whole. History has given us many men and women who are inspirational teachers, wise leaders, beacons of light who shine truth and justice into the darkest of places. More often than not they appear...

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Congratulations to the 2016 WorkSafe Awards Winners

Congratulations to all of this year’s WorkSafe Awards winners that were selected from over 200 award entries this year. The word is that it was difficult to choose winners from such a strong field of finalists and every finalist impressed the expert selection panel with their inspiring stories and innovative safety solutions. [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column] [vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]   [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Daniel Casey – Cervus Equipment [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Telescopic Handrail System – Lendlease Building Contractors [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]   [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Kelly Christie – Victoria Police [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Bendigo Health [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]   [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Lisa Corrigan – Corrigans Produce Farms [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column...

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The Bulldogs create history because they never gave up

By Doug Wright What a win. What a week. Who’d have thought it? There were tears and jubilation in the crowd and on the field as the Western Bulldogs ended their drought and hailed the start of a new era, by beating the Sydney Swans in the AFL Grand Final by 22 points a couple of weeks ago. Nearly 100,000 fans jammed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while the fourth largest television audience ever – three million people – tuned in to watch the match from across Australia. All the horrors of financial crises, potential mergers, and rebranding were pushed...

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The Path to President

By Doug Wright Walking a path is easy when it’s flat and you have a beautiful vista all around you. Tip the path up and it’s not so easy. Walking uphill makes your muscles ache and it’s hard to draw breath. But at least you can stop every now and then and admire the view. So what happens when there is no view and you’re stumbling uphill in the dark? You know that a magical treasure lies ahead, but you don’t know how long it’s going to take to find it and you’re already exhausted. Wouldn’t it be easier...

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