Ask about Helen Fitzroy
Key Points
  • Helen Fitzroy is the author of Just a Number – A Personal Account of Grief which documents the journey following a workplace fatality.
  • She is the Founder of Miners’ Promise, a Not-for-Profit organisation for all resource workers afflicted by a crisis – work-related or otherwise.
  • Helen served as a Director on the Miners' Promise Board for several years including a number of years as Chairperson.
  • She received the WA Local Hero Award: Australian of the Year 2012, for her contribution to the establishment of Miners’ Promise.
  • She has presented her Just a Number safety presentations to a variety of industry sectors, jurisdictions & countries, incl. S.Africa, USA, NZ, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.
Topics
  • The Personal Perspective of a Workplace Fatality
    An anecdotal account of the impact on those closest; families, work colleagues and the hidden challenges and processes.
  • The Legacy of those Lost to Industry
    A specific list of names according to jurisdiction, of those lost in the workplace.
  • The Importance of Personal Safety
    Reinforcement of why individual safety and compliance with process and& procedures is crucial to a safe and productive work environment.
  • Prevention is Better than Cure
    Creating awareness of why a significant incident is NOT the learnings an individual or company wants  to experience, in order to change behaviour.
  • Creating a Healthy Safety Culture and Dispelling the Myths
    Consider the language used; the clichés; the non-verbal messages; the organisational culture and the demonstration of ‘walking the talk.’ Is it just ‘lip-service’ within your organisation?

 

Testimonials

If you get the chance, engage Helen Fitzroy’s services to spend time with your teams…you won’t regret it that’s for sure.
Superintendent
HSLP (Newmont: Tanami NT)

The review and the feedback from people on the site has been that Helen was the best speaker we have had at our safety day event.
OHS Superintendent

Thank you for sharing your story so openly. Thank you for being a champion for the safety of our craftsmen. Thank you for challenging us as leaders to effect change that keeps our craftsmen safe.
Manager
GE Power (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

I received your book that you sent out to me a few weeks back and I was moved by your courage and strength. The raw passion in the words that you wrote inspires me to keep doing the job that I am doing and to try that little bit harder to make my personnel aware on site.
Manager
HSE

Thank you for your very thought-provoking and moving talk. We really appreciate how much everyone's attention to implementing and maintaining safe work practices makes a positive difference to our quality of life both at work and at home. I'm sure that you have inspired many of us to be more aware and proactive in making changes happen. Thank you.
RCR Resources Eagle

Your presentation was extremely powerful. Personally for me, it made me appreciate the role I am in even more, and like you, want others to learn from the past and prevent incidents in the workplace.
Thiess Georgiou JV

One aspect of your presentation that really hit me hard were the numbers of people who have been unfortunate enough to make your list. I would've thought stats like that would be from the 1800's- and that's only in Western Australia... Thanks for being so brave and bold. You really are making a difference to the way people think (and work).
Surveyor

Helen, My husband was really moved by the speech you gave to the guys a few weeks ago. I definitely think safety is the most important thing on sites like these and if your speech makes these guys realise what can happen, and apply it to their own jobs and safety, then that’s a brilliant thing to accomplish. Thanks for making a difference.
Chontelle Griffin
Worker’s wife

Helen, thanks for your outstanding contribution to the Laing O’Rourke Global Safety Awareness Day. The impact on the management, staff and blue-collar workers was profound. 
Senior Safety Advisor
Laing O’Rourke

Helen, thanks again for your time and effort in presenting your most powerful message to our personnel.  It has most definitely modified the thought processes and actions of some of our personnel on site. For the first couple of weeks, I had numerous personnel stop me in the field to discuss the presentation, thank me for organising and to explain that it hit where it needed to and they think more about what they do during their work day. 
Construction Manager
TAN Burrup Project

I had a few beers with the guys following your session and every single one of them that I spoke to mentioned you – how you changed their perspective. You should be extremely proud of your ability to do that. Our regional Vice President also hasn’t shut up about it either – it’s great to see someone in his position so energised and engaged.
Global QHSSE Manager
Weatherford

You have changed the outlook of a Supervisor I recently spoke to.  His immediate superior told me that after he came out of your session, his whole outlook on safety changed. He was a hard-nosed, contractor-style Supervisor who I know used to look the other way frequently to get the job done. What you taught him, he teaches others and they teach others and so it goes on.
Training Co-ordinator
SKM

During your presentation, you could’ve heard a pin drop! We run our own ‘after action’ review and the feedback from people on site has been that Helen was the best speaker we have had at our safety day event.
OHS Superintendent
Glaxo Smith Kline Australia

I would like to thank you for your moving presentation in Mt Isa today at our Leaders Day. I found this most interesting and a credit to yourself and your family for being able to pass this knowledge on. I would recommend your story to anyone and will always refer back to this.
Maintenance Manager
Xstrata

Helen, my beautiful friend and mentor, how you inspire so many people! What you do is amazing! Without you, I would have struggled to get to where I am after losing my husband. You are a true Aussie woman!
Leah Chapman
Miner’s widow

Awesome, just awesome! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Crew 1 – SGM John Western, Miner, Stawell Gold Mine

Your presentation was by far and away the single most powerful talk I have had the pleasure to be part of. I really do believe that your efforts are and will continue to make a difference. 
Resource Development Manager
Atlas Iron

Congratulations on how you were received at the State Labour conference. Clearly, your stand for families shines through in front of an audience. There were only good reports from the Mining Department regarding your presentation. The guys from the Perth office were also impressed. Thanks again.
Mine Superintendent
Troy Resources