Cricket legend explains his six points for staying safe
8 December 2023
Steve Waugh knows plenty about summer and hitting sixes, so it is no surprise to see him padding up for GFG Alliance in Whyalla with his Steve’s Summer Safety Sixers campaign.
A former Australian cricket captain in Tests and One-Day Internationals, Steve hit an impressive 68 sixes in 325 one-dayers and cleared the pickets no less than 20 times in his 168-Test career.
While hitting sixes in the Test arena can sometimes be considered slightly risky, the GFG Be Safe Steve’s Summer Safety Sixers campaign aims to eliminate all risks when we step-up to the crease at work during summer.
Steve has come in to bat with an express aim of reducing injuries in the hot months by increasing awareness of safety behaviours and upping intervention rates when it comes to unsafe behaviours.
“One thing I learnt is that cricket isn’t much different to any other job,” Steve says in the Be GFG Safe Steve’s Summer Safety Sixers video.
“To be great you have to plan ahead, think of your next move and always look for ways to improve as a team.”
That planning is a key driver in Steve’s Summer Safety Sixers campaign as it covers off on the following important safety points:
- Know the game plan
- Be prepared
- Stay hydrated
- Keep your eye on the ball
- Keep up the chat
- Be a team player
“Summer might be high risk but with a bit of care it can be as sweet as perfectly timed cover drive … and remember it is your safety we are batting for,” Steve said.
Head of Safety, Kellie Collins was rapt to have a cricketing legend like Steve Waugh taking guard for the GFG family in Whyalla over the summer season.
“They used to call Steve the “Ice Man” during his career because he was so cool under pressure and didn’t take unnecessary risks,” Kellie said.
“That makes him the ideal role model for everyone in our GFG family as we entered the summer period that has traditionally had more injuries and incidents.
“If we follow Steve’s Summer Safety Sixers tips, we can hit our own winning score of zero … that’s zero injuries and zero incidents over summer to make sure everyone in our family raises the bat and stays safe … always.”