Ben and Mac’s story
Former bar manager Macleay, was only 28 years old when he lost his eyesight in a workplace accident. It took only a moment and his life changed forever when he was blinded by chemicals used in the beer line cleaning process. Despite this, working in partnership with his Hospitality case manager, Macleay has adjusted to his changed circumstances and commenced a new career.
Following Macleay’s accident, HEM in conjunction with SafeWork NSW and Bracton Industries, developed a cellar safety program that resulted in over 300 venues across NSW receiving workplace visits and education in the potentially dangerous process of beer line cleaning. Bracton was awarded Best Workplace Health and Safety Solution at the 2016 SafeWork Awards for their efforts to develop a new non-corrosive chemical to reduce the risk when cleaning beer lines.
“With training, increased awareness and non-hazardous chemicals, we hope that serious injuries relating to this process in the hospitality industry will become a thing of the past”, says Marilyn Jukes, Risk Manager with Hospitality Employers Mutual.