Light Manufacturing

Light manufacturing
Working in the light manufacturing industry involves activities such as cabinet making, furniture making and sheet metal work. Each year, this industry takes up a large proportion of serious workplace injuries.

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of work-related injuries in this industry happened to young workers who are between the ages of 15 and 24.

Top incident causing injuries were from:

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

Other hazardous areas to look out for:

Working with forklift

Electrical safety


Contact with a chemical or hazardous substance

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 light manufacturing industry is classified under ANZSIC 2006 –groups and classes: 133, 134, 135, 181, 182, 183, 191, 224, 241, 242, 245, 246, 251, 259, 2391, 2392, 2394

There are many ways to protect yourself and be safe in this industry.

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