Apprentice falls off a step ladder

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October is National Safe Work Month, so now is probably a good time to review your organisation’s safety performance, ensuring your WHS systems, ensuring that staff incident procedures are up to date and everyone at work understands them.

A MTA 3rd Year Automotive Refinishing Technology apprentice was climbing down a step ladder after grabbing a tool from a shelf when he slipped landing on his right arm and wrist.

The apprentice received immediate first aid treatment onsite at the paint and panel workshop before being taken to the host employer’s designated medical clinic for treatment and further investigations which showed he had suffered a minor fracture and required a plaster cast.

The apprentice lost four days off work before returning to work on light modified duties which he will undertake until being fully cleared in two weeks’ time.

It is fantastic to report that the host employer’s early intervention processes and commitment to providing suitable short term work is a key element in the apprentice achieving a full recovery and returning back to his pre-injury duties.

It is great to see that there is such a high awareness and support in employers these days to provide suitable modified duties to injured apprentices to assist them in their rehabilitation and promote MTA’s safety message “WORK SAFE LIVE SAFE”. Just because someone has suffered an injury, doesn’t mean they cannot work! Often, returning to work on modified duties is the best way to go about recovery.


The MTA works with a number of people and organisations to get apprentices back into the workplace after an injury.

If you have an apprentice or other employees that need assistance in Return to Work, contact Cos Lamberto at MTA by clicking here.