Ally helps mining safety get back on track in CQ

SCREEN STAR: Ally Aitken is proud to be part of a series new indigenous safety video for mining inductions, created by Back on Track’s Barry Boland and Jeff McIlroy.
SCREEN STAR: Ally Aitken is proud to be part of a series new indigenous safety video for mining inductions, created by Back on Track’s Barry Boland and Jeff McIlroy. Sharyn Oneill Rokssafety

ALLY Aitken knows the importance of safety training in the mining industry.

After three months working at an open cut mine in Clermont, the Rockhampton girl has been through countless safety inductions.

So she didn't have to think twice when asked to be part of a series of new indigenous induction and safety videos.

The videos, produced by Back on Track Training in partnership with Protector Alsafe, have been created for indigenous audiences in classrooms and workplaces.

Featuring locals, the videos took eight months to produce from concept to finished product.

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Jeff McIlroy, director of Back on Track, said he believed the initiative was the first of its kind in Australia.

He said it was hard for indigenous work crews to relate to current induction videos.

But with a dash of humour and young indigenous characters, Jeff said the Back on Track videos have resonated well in preview sessions.

"Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across," he said.

Aiming to give young indigenous people a taste of real workplace situations, Jeff said they also included some culturally inappropriate things.

The overall message is that workplace health and safety means everyone goes home happy. Ally was proud to be part of the video.

"Safety is just so important out (at the mines)," she said.

"It felt great to be part of an indigenous production ... it was awesome."

The videos will be launched on August 1.

Back on Track are also in talks with worksites in Western Australia about screening the videos.

Topics:  indigenous, mining, safety

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