An Automotive Refinishing apprentice suffered a mid-back, soft tissue strain as a result of leaning over whilst spray painting a vehicle at work. The apprentice reported the incident to his Service Manager immediately who provided first aid treatment on site. The apprentice was then referred to the MTA’s preferred Medical Centre, Corporate Health Group (CHG) as a precaution to examine the extent of the injury.
The apprentice was medically cleared to perform light spray painting duties on reduced hours with a gradual increase back to normal duties over the next two weeks.
The injured apprentice was very keen to return to work as soon as possible and the host employer was able to provide immediate suitable light duties and placed the apprentice on a recovery and Return to Work plan in accordance with the doctor’s medical restrictions.
As a result of the host employer’s early intervention processes and commitment to providing suitable short term recovery work, the apprentice was able to recover from his injury properly while still playing a valuable role in the business and is expected to make a full recovery.
It is great to see that there is a return to work culture change in employers these days where the focus is on what the injured worker can do rather than focusing on what they can’t do.
Well done Casanova Crash Repairs.
The MTA works with a number of people to get apprentices back into the workplace after an injury. If you have an apprentice who may need help, contact the MTA’s WHS & RTW Coordinator Cos Lamberto by clicking here.