A Heavy Vehicle 3rd Year Apprentice suffered a crush injury to his right hand, middle and ring finger when he was working from a telehandler on a heavy vehicle’s differential and it suddenly rolled onto the apprentice’s right hand.
The apprentice, who was wearing the appropriate hand personal protective equipment (PPE), received first aid treatment onsite but was later taken to the employer’s designated medical centre for further checks.
The apprentice lost one day off work and was certified as fit to return to modified duties for 2 weeks to allow a full recovery from the deep bruising injury sustained.
With the injured apprentice keen to return to work, the host employer was able to provide immediate suitable light duties and place the apprentice on a recovery and return to work plan in accordance with the doctor’s medical restrictions.
The host employer’s early intervention processes and commitment to providing suitable short term work hardening 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 employers these days to provide suitable modified duties to injured apprentices to assist them in their rehabilitation processes and contributing to achieving a successful return to work.
Well done W.S.B Distributors at Clare!
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 returning to work after an injury, contact Cos Lamberto by clicking here.