This week the AEN released a new safety video aimed directly at apprentices and trainees, highlighting the OH&S performance results collected over the past 5 years.
Over the past 5 years our members have been tracking workplace accidents for their apprentices. Overall we have now collected data on over 50,000 apprentices 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.
- The results show that the less experienced you are the more potential for a workplace accident.
- Young male apprentices within the building and construction, engineering, automotive and electrical trades are the greatest at risk.
The main accident types over the past 5 years include:
- 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.
This video is freely available for any GTO to use and to help spread the important message with apprentices of SafetyFirst.