Paralympian Nigel Smith & Workplace Safety

Our team had the privilege to hear from paralympian, Nigel Smith who shared his story about living with disability following a workplace accident.

Nigel Smith is a professional Volleyball Player, representing Australia in the 1998 World Championships for standing volleyball in Poland and competing in the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney.

At the age of 25, Nigel’s leg got caught in a chain conveyor working on a heavy industry paint machine. He endured numerous operations and his leg was eventually amputated because of the accident.

Nigel shares his story in the hope that employers and employees are aware of the importance working safely. “It’s not always up to an employer to point out potential risks on the job - employees also had to be aware”. “We do have to keep striving for a safe workplace”.


It is important that you, as a worker on the Careseekers platform,
be aware of your workplace safety.

Are you noticing your surroundings and keeping safe when you are completing your work?

Some of the workplace hazards for you to be mindful of include:

  • infection control
  • slips, trips and falls
  • ergonomic injuries
  • stress
  • eye strain
  • fire safety
  • electrical safety
  • driving safety
  • fatigue
  • pets
  • work related violence of any kind

How to identify possible safety issues:

  • walk through observations
  • discussions with your clients
  • assessment of your clients' mobility
  • taking note of high risk manual tasks**

Don't forget:

If you have any concerns about your or your client's safety, please let the team at Careseekers know right away.

To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer

To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers

To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers

To make a referral, please visit https://www.careseekers.com.au/referrals