Keeping your apprentices safe

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The MTA has been working with SafetyFirst, an initiative of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN).

Over the past five years, AEN members have been tracking workplace accidents for their apprentices and they have collected data on over 50,000 in a wide range of trades and industries.

So, what have the survey results shown?

  • The greatest at risk are 1st year apprentices aged between 15-24 years of age and young male apprentices within the building, construction, engineering, automotive and electrical trades.

The main accident types over the past 5 years have included:

  • Lacerations (cuts) to the hands.
  • Sprain and Strains to the back (manual lifting).
  • Foreign objects in the eyes.

These accidents may not seem like a big deal, but they can all have serious consequences. These results indicate that there are a number of simple things you could do to improve your workplace safety. Take a minute to think about the job you are about to do, and to make sure you are doing it safely.

  • Remember to always ask if you are not sure about something.
  • Use the correct piece of equipment for the job.
  • If you are lifting something, always do it safely!
  • Wear your personal protective equipment at all times - especially your safety glasses and gloves!

Always think "SafetyFirst" so you don’t become a statistic.

SafeWork Australia has released more than 30 model codes of practice and guidance materials on a wide range of WHS topics. These topics include:

  • Abrasive Blasting
  • Confined Spaces
  • Excavation Work
  • First Aid in the Workplace
  • Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace
  • Managing the Work Environment and Facilities
  • Spray Painting and Powder Coating
  • How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks
  • How to Safely Remove Asbestos
  • Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals
  • Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace
  • Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work
  • Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals
  • Work Health and Safety Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination
  • Managing Risks in Stevedoring
  • Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace
  • Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace
  • Managing the Risk of falls at Workplaces
  • Managing the Risk of Falls in Housing Construction
  • Safe Design of Structures
  • Welding Processes

To access these documents please visit SafeWork Australia by clicking here.

If you need any other assistance with your safety systems in your workplace, please contact our Workplace Relations team by clicking here.