Sean D'Apollonio, owner of Mr Dapy's Demolition, originally contacted us to organise an asbestos removal licence and found out about the new Workplace Advisory Service. He now uses the service regularly to help his growing business keep up to date.
"I ask SafeWork SA's Workplace Advisory Service for advice every time we grow and need to buy new equipment and machinery. When people see my team working, they can see we do a safe, professional job and that's why we're booked out six months in advance."
"I first heard about SafeWork SA through a family member who is also in the construction industry. When I started out it was just me, a basic truck and a handful of tools. I gave them a call for information on working safely but they ended up helping me with so much more.
After the first meeting I realised SafeWork SA weren't the bad guys. I don't want to be dodgy with my work - I want to do things the right way and their Workplace Advisory Service team helped me achieve that.
One of the really good things SafeWork SA's WHS advisor suggested was for us to give potential clients information packs on safe and unsafe asbestos removal practices, demonstrating the safe service we offered to give them peace of mind. Some people didn't care, but most people did. Even though they might have had a cheaper quote from elsewhere they'd usually choose us because they knew we had an asbestos licence, we were doing the job safely and we'd quote so that there were no hidden surprises.
Four years on from starting the business we're now often booked out months ahead. Receiving advice from SafeWork SA's Workplace Advisory Service has been a really good experience - it has helped keep my workers safe and it's helped us win more jobs.
I've gone from it being just me, with no asbestos licence, doing little jobs on my own and sub-contracting any asbestos work - to now being so busy that I have to contract out some jobs because I can't keep up with the demand.
There's a change in thinking with how industries work these days. A generation or two ago it was about getting things done quickly, but it meant people would get hurt more often. Now customers want trust in knowing we're doing things properly. Our professional procedures have helped us pick up bigger jobs with large developers.
I wouldn't be where I am today without their help and I don't know where else I'd be able to get the free information I need to do things the right way. I think small businesses, especially when they're starting out, should contact SafeWork SA for WHS advice. Their Workplace Advisory Service is there to help businesses, not fine them or shut them down.
I've told lots of other people to give SafeWork SA's Workplace Advisory Service a call. We're a family-owned business doing things honestly and safely and we're reaping the benefits of that."
Like Sean you can request to book a free advisor's visit at a time that suits you by calling us on 1300 365 255 or completing an online form.
Sean D'Apollonio owns Mr Dapy's Demolition. Sean and his team carry out residential demolition and asbestos removal. Working in a high-risk construction workplace means their health and safety procedures and work licences always need to be correct and up to date.