The MTA is always focussed on safety in the workplace, whether it is accident prevention or rehabilitation following an injury. Getting someone back to work safely is almost always the best course of action for all involved in a workplace injury claim.
A first Year MTA apprentice was removing a fuel line when it suddenly split and he received a large fuel splash onto his face. Luckily for the young apprentice, he was wearing all the correct PPE provided by his host employer which prevented a lost time injury.
If the proper PPE was not being worn, serious damage could have occurred if a large amount of fuel entered the eye and was not flushed out quickly. A small amount of fuel can cause redness and some minor tearing in the eye but a large amount can cause serious damage to the cornea and excessive pain.
The incident was reported to the Service Manager who provided onsite first aid and the apprentice was sent to a designated medical practitioner as a precaution.
The apprentice has made a full recovery and returned back to normal duties the next day.
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 WHS & RTW Coordinator Cos Lamberto by clicking here.