A light vehicle apprentice reported the onset of low back pain while at work to his Service Manager who provided immediate first aid treatment on site and a follow up examination from the local medical clinic for a further review.
The apprentice was diagnosed with a low back strain which was not attributed to work related causes. The GP recommended that the apprentice avoid repetitive bending and heavy lifting and not exceed lifting a load of more than 3kg.
Rather than sending the apprentice home for the next couple of days, the Host Employer was able to provide immediate suitable light duties such as assisting the other apprentices with their workload and working within the medical restrictions. As a direct result to the Host Employer’s internal early intervention program, the apprentice was able to remain at work, which is a fantastic outcome!
Well done Solitaire Audi at Mile End.
The MTA works with a number of Host Employers in assisting apprentices return to the workplace after an injury whether its work related or not!
If you have an apprentice or other employees that need help, contact the MTA’s WHS & RTW Coordinator by clicking here or by calling 8241 0522.