Safety In Action draws big crowds despite downturn

There were 10,290 visits to Victoria’s big occupational health and safety trade shows, Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, together with the Carbon Reduction & Trading Expo.

Show organiser Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences was delighted with the attendance figures in the current economic climate.

“In all, total visits were down by about 10 per cent on last year,” Ms Kinsella said.

“Given the state of the economy, this is a remarkable turnout that, if anything, seems to have worked in the favour of many exhibitors. There were fewer browsers and more visitors intent on finding the right answers to their safety problems.”

The manufacturing sector dominated attendance figures, representing around one in three visitors, while government visitors accounted for another 13 per cent of visits.

The building and construction sector was also strong, represented by almost 13 per cent of visitors, while warehousing and logistics fielded 10 per cent.

Visitors saw three acres of safety solutions to diverse occupational health and safety challenges, including height safety, lifting and loading, logistics, rehabilitation, ergonomics, asbestos management, first aid, electronics, flooring, machine guarding, and even workplace wellness.

Although in its twelfth year, Safety In Action continued to add new features, including the National Forklift Championships.

Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling will return to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre next year from April 20 to 22, while this year’s interstate safety events include the Queensland Safety Show from June 16-18 and The Safety Show Sydney from October 27-29.

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