Wed, June 5, 2019

Sheldon College prides itself on ensuring that all staff are adequately educated, equipped and aware of their surroundings to perform their duties safely and effectively at all times.

 In following with this mantra, Dan Kennedy a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate recently attended the College to speak with the Grounds and Maintenance Teams regarding the importance of workplace safety.

 Mr Dan Kennedy shared his personal story of trauma after having lost his 20-year-old son, Dale Kennedy, to a preventable workplace incident that occurred whilst he was working within a Cairns school’s ceiling space. 

 In communicating Dales story, Dan reminded his audience that “change can only happen when all workers change their actions.”   

 The incident that tragically ended Dale’s life was 100% preventable, had the previous workers performed their jobs correctly and reported anything that looked suspicious.

 Director of Quality, Risk and Compliance, Randall Gibson, was extremely grateful for both Dan’s bravery and for the information that he shared with the group. “The information that Dan provided to the audience was extremely insightful. It reminded those in attendance of how important safety really is and why it always needs to be at the forefront of each of their minds when working around the College. An environment that is safe for our employees to work in, is also safe for our students to learn in.”

 Mr Kennedy ended his emotional tribute and safety briefing with “Safety is everyone’s business. Speak up and flick the switch.”

To learn more about Dan and Debbie Kennedy, or to have them visit your workplace or community group  please visit