October is National Safe Work Month. Each year MIGAS takes this opportunity to re-commit to promoting safety in the workplaces of all our apprentices and trainees.
Working not only with young people but with those new to manufacturing and industrial workplaces means that MIGAS plays an important role in educating apprentices and trainees about safe work practices.
We are one of the few Group Training Organisations that employs a full time Workplace Health and Safety Officer. Our WHS Officer, Robert Clarke, is dedicated to enhancing and monitoring all aspects of safety for our workforce.
“It’s often the small, easily overlooked processes that can lead to the most serious injuries,” Robert tells us. “This year’s theme – ‘a moment is all it takes’ – really speaks to the MIGAS safety approach.
“A young apprentice is often so enthusiastic to get on the tools that they rush and make small mistakes with big consequences. Through tool box talks with our Field Officers we put the focus back on taking the time to look and think before you act.”
The most common injuries for apprentices and trainees are eye, hand, finger, and back injuries. These are easily prevented by taking a moment to ensure you have the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like face shields and gloves, also that you always follow proper manual handling techniques.
“Taking a moment to assess the risk of injury and use the right PPE makes all the difference and actually keeps you on the tools learning your trade rather than off work or on light duties not progressing your training,” explains Robert.
MIGAS is taking the month of October to spotlight some of these moments on our Instagram channel. We encourage you to follow along and share these with your workmates. Whether apprentices or qualified trades, we all need that reminder: a moment is all it takes.
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