Wattmaster’s Mark McSweeney and Kevin O’Neill at the Electrical Contractors’ Association Trade Show.
Wattmaster’s Mark McSweeney and Kevin O’Neill at the Electrical Contractors’ Association Trade Show. Scottie Simmonds BUNTRA

Expo parades latest in tools

A GATHERING of electrical industry retail representatives in Bundaberg for a golf day has been seized on as the perfect time to show local contractors the latest in equipment.

Neville Steemson, safety and technical officer in Bundaberg for SafetyConnect Australia, said representatives from all over Queensland gathered for the golf day.

"Every year we put on a trade show in the afternoon before the golf day," he said.

"It's a really good chance for our young apprentices especially to see the latest equipment available.

"Often they can't get down to Brisbane to see the big expo there, so we bring it here for them."

Mr Steemson said different suppliers at the Electrical Contractors' Association Trade Show had stands at the Young Aussie Hotel, showing safety equipment and tools of the trade.

"Manufacturers and suppliers were showing things like TV aerials and the latest power tools," he said.

Mr Steemson said for 36 years the golf day had been held on the second Friday in October, and the expo had been run the day before for the past 10 years.

Among the services SafetyConnect Australia offered was a fully documented safety system.

"By law if you have a contractor's licence you have to have a fully documented safety system," Mr Steemson said.

"We supply a database and do things like a toolbox safety check and all the auditing they have to do by law."

He said industry specialists delivered the service to contractors' businesses, ensuring they complied with national safety laws.



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