SAY NO!
YOU CAN DO IT!

Following a number of terrible workplace accidents in the meat industry, the Union is now running a campaign to try and stop workers from putting themselves, or allowing others to put them in situations of danger.

The meat industry uses incredibly dangerous machinery that can horribly disfigure workers for life.

Most of these accidents are caused through lack of proper training or unsafe handling.

Often heard at the scene of such accidents are:

  • He got behind and I was just trying to help out …
  • I didn’t see any signs about it …
  • I didn’t know that you couldn’t do that …
  • There was no guard on it …
  • The operation manual didn’t say anything about that …
  • The safety button wasn’t working but I couldn’t stop the line …
  • I was trying to unjam it …
  • Maintenance never fix anything property, its always just bandaid job the …
  • The boss told me to use it, what could I do?

What indeed?

photo by Andrew De La Rue. ‘The Age’

The focus of this campaign is aimed at educating workers that just because someone, even the boss, tells you to do something, that doesn’t automatically make it a lawful command.

Workers are required to follow all lawful commands at work, but if a command places a worker at any risk in terms of safety, then it is not a lawful command.

You ARE allowed to say NO!

No! I haven’t been trained.
No! I’m not sure how to use it.
No! the proper safety device isn’t working or worse, isn’t fitted.
No! it’s not safe.

Say No! To Unsafe Work Practices