Encouraging safe work practices in your business

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As part of National Safe Work Month in October, we focused on managing risks and maintaining safety in the workplace. Everyone needs to be aware of their safety in the workplace no matter whether you are an employer or employee or a contractor.

The MTA’s apprentices and staff identified a number of hazards over the past four weeks across all training sites as part of our National SafeWork Month competition. However, the challenge moving forward is that we should be reporting workplace hazards all of the time.

One of the most impressive entries during National SafeWork Month at the MTA was reducing the risk of muscular skeletal injuries when loading and unloading 80kg apprentice toolboxes onto and off courier vehicles.

We were able to work with our courier contractors to only assign a vehicle that has a 200kg max weight winch when loading and unloading 80kg apprentice toolboxes. As a result of this, the MTA eliminated the hazard of lifting 80kg apprentice toolboxes on and off courier vehicles and further reduced the risk of strains.

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By implementing safe work practices such as this, as well as identifying hazards and increasing early intervention when injuries occur, we were also pleased to report a reduction in lost time injuries.

From over 520 apprentices currently employed by the MTA, we are pleased to report that for the period 01/04 – 30/09/19, we have achieved just 3 “lost time injuries” in comparison to the same time last year, a drop of 42%. It is clear that by raising awareness of reporting hazards in the workplace and encouraging safe work practices and early intervention, we have contributed to a reduction of lost time injuries.

MTA Financial Year

LTI

MTI

FAI

YTD

2019/20

3

8

35

46

2018/19

7

2

43

52

2017/18

13

12

27

52

LTI = lost time injury, MTI = medical treatment injury, FAI = first aid injury

The MTA works with a number of members, hosts and employers to help them with their Hazard Management Systems.

If you need any advice or assistance with your WHS systems, please contact Cos Lamberto at the MTA by clicking here.