A Light Vehicle 1st Year Apprentice recently suffered a strained neck and strained shoulders as a result of removing a brake calliper and struck his head against the wheel arch in the process.
The apprentice, who was wearing the appropriate eye personal protective equipment (PPE), was treated onsite by the First Aid Officer, however as a precaution was taken to the host employers’ allocated medical centre for a further review.
The apprentice lost minimal time off work based on the doctor’s assessment to allow a full recovery before being certified fit to return to pre-injury duties.
The Host Employer’s early intervention processes and commitment to providing suitable return to work duties was 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 automotive employers in recent months in providing suitable modified duties to injured apprentices. This is critical in assisting them throughout their rehabilitation processes and contributing to achieving a successful return to work outcome.
The MTA works with a number of people 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’s Training and Employment Centre by clicking here or by calling 8241 0388.