New campaign to improve ceiling safety welcome

16 May 2014
A campaign announced today to help raise awareness of the risks of working in ceilings has been welcomed by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the family of Mitchell Sweeney.

Mitchell Sweeney tragically died in 2010 whilst installing foil insulation in a home in North Queensland. He was just 22 years old.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Rod Hodgson said the campaign announced today by the Attorney-General was a key recommendation that had been made by the Coroner to raise further awareness of the dangers of working in ceilings.

"The announcement of this campaign today is very welcome - it was a significant finding of the Coroner and we hope a program such as this will help to raise awareness of the need to ensure power is switched off in roof cavities before undertaking any sort of ceiling work," Mr Hodgson said.

"This campaign also highlights the key role that employers must play in maintaining a safe workplace, as well as the role that governments have in ensuring they properly support and assist workers. This includes ensuring people injured in unsafe workplaces have proper legal rights that don't diminish accountability for employers who cut corners with safety," he said.

Justin Sweeney, older brother to Mitchell, said the Sweeney family welcomed today's campaign and were hopeful it would help to better protect people working in ceilings to avoid another tragedy.

"Our family welcomes the announcement of this campaign that we hope will help to improve safety, our key priority has always been to ensure that no family has to go through what we have endured," Mr Sweeney said.

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