International Leadership Lecture: Worker Dignity, Health, and Safety
Posted: Feb 15, 2019
April 11th, 2019 at 4:00PM
Today 14 US workers will die because of job injuries – women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones. These do not include those workers who die from occupational diseases, estimated to be 50,000–60,000 each year. A renowned worker rights advocate and our keynote speaker, Dr. Gerard Ayers, OHS & E Manager, C & G Division CFMEU Victorian Branch from the Australia’s largest construction union visits ECU. He will engage us in a discussion around awareness and action of these issues in preparation for International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD), which takes place annually around the world on April 28. IWMD is a day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
Gerard has worked in the construction industry for over twenty-five years. He started work as a builder’s labourer, and is now the OHS&E Manager of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division – Victorian/Tasmanian Branch). Gerard has also worked in the NSW Branch of the CFMEU. He has a PhD and a Master’s Degree in OHS, and Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. He sits on a numerous committees and boards that address all manner of issues to do with OHS, has written numerous articles and has presented many papers (both locally and internationally) on a vast range of OHS issues. He is also a guest lecturer at Melbourne University, RMIT and Federation University, and is a strong advocate of the right of workers to be involved in workplace OHS decision making.
This is event is being hosted by the ECU Student Section of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Master of Science Program in Occupational Safety, and the Department of Technology Systems. Our partners include the ECU Student Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Construction Management Student Association.