Safety first

In Mt Druitt in Sydney’s western suburbs, Paul Breen has set up a construction yard for young unemployed people. His aim is not just to train them in common building tasks, but to challenge them to work both quickly and safely.

He wants to make young people, who often think of themselves as immortal, conscious of the dangers of a work site. Others have tried various approaches, and had little or mixed success. Paul’s approach might just have a chance.

Here’s a cartoon I drew that exemplifies what he’s trying to do.

Excavator arm pouncing like a lion on a worker
The arm and teeth of an excavator can leap on you like a fierce lion.