New push to prevent workplace accidents

When Tiffany Ward is asked about the jagged, spiralling scars on her right arm, she's happy to talk.

The 22-year-old mother of two has become a vocal campaigner about workplace health and safety since she almost lost her arm in an accident at a potato processing plant four years ago.

The accident changed her life forever, and she's determined to do what she can to prevent others from suffering similar debilitating injuries.

She appears in a new government-funded film that aims to educate workers about the importance of safe practices in the workplace.

In the film she tells of the moment when she realised the extent of injuries, after a colleague unwittingly pressed the start button on a potato slicer she was cleaning at the time.

"I remember looking down and seeing torn flesh and bones," she told AAP on Friday.

"My arm was twisted so far into the machine my body was pulled off the ground."

Fellow workers had to hold her up for 40 minutes before medics were able to free her.

Since then, Ms Ward says she and her family have struggled mentally and financially to deal with the effects of her injury.

Her disability has meant she's been unable to find work and must rely on husband Matt to support her and the couple's two young children.

Four years down the track, day-to-day tasks are still a struggle.

"I drop things all the time. All the cutlery and plates in our house are plastic because I have no strength in my right arm," she said.

She hopes the film, the fourth in a series, will serve as a warning to young people entering the workforce.

"It can happen to anybody. It doesn't only happen to middle-aged men," she said.

Each year more than 25 workers die from workplace accidents in Queensland and more than 5000 are left with serious injuries.

The government estimates workplace accidents cost the Queensland economy an average of $6.2 billion a year.

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