Heavy Mechanical and Engineering 

Heavy mechanical and engineering 
Working in environments dealing with heavy equipment is dangerous.Young workers (aged between 15 and 24) often injure themselves in this industry.
Working in the heavy mechanical and engineering industries involves tasks such as:
  • cutting, pressing and fabricating steel and aluminium
  • welding, grinding and casting materials
  • constructing, assembling, installing, modifying, repairing and maintaining machines
  • making parts, equipment, machines, instruments and tools.

Be aware!

15%

of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers.

Working in the heavy mechanical and engineering industries involves tasks such as:
  • cutting, pressing and fabricating steel and aluminium
  • welding, grinding and casting materials
  • constructing, assembling, installing, modifying, repairing and maintaining machines
  • making parts, equipment, machines, instruments and tools.

Be aware!

15%

of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers.

Top incident causing injuries were from:

Being hit by moving objects
0%
Being hit by falling objects
0%
Hitting moving objects
0%
Being trapped by moving machinery and equipment
0%
Falling from height
0%
Muscular stress
0%
Hitting stationary objects
0%
Slips, trips and falls
0%
Contact with hot objects
0%

Other hazardous areas to look out for:

Welding

Working with forklift

Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

Noise

Electrical safety

Source: WorkCover WA (2020). Workers’ compensation Western Australian claims data 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Calculation based on a five-year total from 2014-15 to 2018-19. Based on the percentage of all incidents, the combination of all injuries is not equal to 100%

Injuries are measured by number of LTI/Ds (1+days/shifts lost)

SmartMove heavy mechanical and engineering industries are classified under ANZSIC 2006 – Subdivisions 21, 22 and 24

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