The Sharks will take to the field on Sunday for their vital round 26 clash with the Manly Sea Eagles sporting a high-vis fluro yellow jersey in support of a very important cause.
In joining forces with Lansvale business Hume Doors and Timber, the alternative jersey is aimed at raising awareness of work place health and safety and in promoting the ‘Play Safe, Work Safe’ messaging.
Luke Edmonds, Commercial Sales Manager at the Sharks, said the club was happy to be on board with Hume Doors and Timber in bringing attention to such an important community issue.
“Every workplace injury and fatality is a blow to our community and we encourage all our fans to come to this event and learn what they can do to help prevent injuries on the job,” Mr Edmonds said.
The ‘Play Safe Work Safe’ community day this Sunday at Remondis Stadium will be a reminder to fans and to the general public of the importance of workplace safety, with Hume Doors and Timber the match day sponsor of the Sharks final home game of the 2015 season.
General Manager of Hume Doors and Timber NSW, Eddie Luke, said the fluro yellow jersey the Sharks will wear this weekend will bring to the forefront the importance of work health and safety.
“There are more than 100,000 work related injuries and illnesses reported to WorkCover NSW each year,” Mr Luke said. “Tragically some workers never make it home at the end of the working day. A workplace injury impacts everyone, affecting businesses, individuals, their families and the wider community.
“Back in 2013, one of our own workers sustained serious back, rib and ankle injuries after being struck by timber whilst unloading a truck.
“Our business has learnt an important lesson from this incident, by never underestimating the importance of safety in the workplace and this is the message we want to get across to the community,” he said.
On Sunday at the Manly game, fans attending are encouraged to dress up in their safety gear and visit a range of stalls in the grounds to get free information and advice about work health and safety and injury management, with free blood pressure tests also being offered.
Someone in the crowd on Sunday will also have a chance to win a signed yellow sharks jersey, while at half-time of the main game a range of activities including a safety race and fluro vest giveaways are set to take place.
The Sharks v Manly match kicks off at 4pm on Father’s Day, Sunday, September 6, with the Holden Cup Under-20’s getting underway at 1.45pm and gates to open at 1.30pm.