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Alex Walker

Safety Advisor
I make sure construction workers are doing their job safely!
Industry
Construction and infrastructure
Company
BMD
Job Level
Mid
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About me

  • Regional Background

I was never overly interested in school, and struggled to stay motivated, always leaving assignments until the last minute and just scraping through exams. 

Hearing all my friends talk about going to uni, or the passion they had for their future career was daunting when I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I knew that uni wasn’t a path I was interested in.

I received an admin traineeship for a civil construction company, and eventually was promoted to a training admin role within the same company. I got to visit a few project sites and from there my interest & love for construction, projects, site life & everything else that comes with it grew.

I now work as a safety advisor, having worked on some amazing jobs from small road construction projects to large gas plants and highway construction jobs. I met my fiancé at work and have made some amazing lifelong friends. 

I hope I can inspire some young females who are unsure of their future and may be thinking of a career in construction or a safety role to give it a go. It is an interesting & diverse industry, and a rewarding one at that!

About my role

  • Curious
  • Optimistic
  • Reliable
  • Resourceful
  • Sociable

This role assists management, supervisors and workers by providing health and safety advice. 

Other responsibilities include:

Conducting safety audits and inspections of the work site. 

Motivating and educating employees to follow best practices and use of safety systems. 

Conducting incident investigations and reporting. 

Administration duties, coordinating training for employees, develop work method statements and other documents required on site to work safely.

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Education

  • High School Certificate
  • Cert IV in Workplace Health & Safety
  • Diploma in Workplace Health & Safety (Currently completing)

Hobbies

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Gym
  • Seeing family and friends

15 year old me!!

“You don’t need to go to uni to have a career! Don’t worry about what your friends are doing or studying, look for something you are interested in, love and are passionate about and pursue it! ”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Landed first full time job as a receptionist for a design company
  2. Began a role as training admin where some project site visits were required
  3. Scored first site based/fly in fly out role on large construction project in Roma
  4. Started with BMD as Project Admin & offered Safety Advisor Traineeship
  5. Currently working on a $500 million project supporting a crew of workers

My employer

BMD is a national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development for clients and partners in the urban development, transport infrastructure and resources and energy sectors. Since 1979, BMD has employed a relationship based business model founded on certainty, collaboration and performance. With approximately 1700 staff throughout Australia, BMD has the resources and experience to deliver projects ranging in size from $1 million to over $1 billion.