A Light Vehicle 1st Year Apprentice recently suffered a bruised left leg when a reversing vehicle in the workshop struck him.
The apprentice was treated onsite by the First Aid Officer and as a precaution and was taken to the employer’s allocated medical centre for a further review.
The employer’s early intervention processes and commitment to providing suitable 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.
As a result of the incident, a risk assessment was performed by the employer and it was identified to prevent a recurring incident from occurring and that a traffic management plan would be communicated to all workers highlighting the potential hazards when driving vehicles in the workplace.
As many workshops have tight, enclosed spaces, it is imperative that everyone watches where how fast they are driving in and around a workshop. As part of your safety and risk assessment management plans, this must be taken into account and we urge all hosts and members to have something in place to prevent an injury such as this.
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 help, contact the MTA’s WHS & RTW Coordinator by clicking here.If you require a traffic management plan or policy click here to contact the MTA’s WR Department.