In the year to 30 June 2018, 4.2% of all workers across Australia experienced a work-related injury or illness.
When grouped by occupation, trades workers and technicians had the highest rate of work-related injury or illness (72 per 1000 employed persons), and together with labourers and machinery operators they made up over half of all ‘serious’ cases (resulting in one or more weeks off work). As a labour hire organisation specialising in heavy industry, we sit up and take notice of these statistics.
Even though we do not have direct control and management of the workplaces where our workers are placed, we fully appreciate the duties we owe as an employer for the safety of our workers and our actions reflect this. Aside from standard procedures such as inspecting and monitoring worksite safety, below are some of the other steps we take to protect our workers’ safety that go above and beyond industry norms.
The only local heavy industry recruiter with on-site RTO
We’re Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s only heavy industry recruiter and labour hire provider with a Registered Training Organisation on the same premises (RTO code 41350).
Since our foundation we’ve been improving outcomes for workers and clients. We are now the region’s first heavy industry labour hire firm with a RTO on-site.
Managing Director, Peter Maxwell
Our safety system is audited by the best
The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) is the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand.
We are fortunate to have RCSA’s industry leading safety consultant as an auditor of our safety-related systems and procedures to ensure they achieve optimal performance and compliance.
We’re proud of Maxwell Recruitment & Training’s commitment.
We also upskill and train our staff
In addition to providing safety inductions for our workers, we offer our entire scope of nationally accredited (and non-accredited) training to our internal staff at no cost. This comprises 30 training units across over 20 courses, such as Working Safely at Heights, Confined Spaces, First Aid, Low Voltage Rescue, Work Safely Near Powerlines and Fire Warden & Extinguisher.
As a result, our staff is upskilled and our site-inducted Account Managers can be on site as needed under a wider range of conditions.
What this means for our workers and clients
We take WHS seriously. We strictly adhere to legislative safety requirements and strive to constantly improve our safety systems and procedures. Our relentless pursuit of excellence in safety is why Maxwell Recruitment became Maxwell Recruitment & Training.
For our workers, this translates to better safety knowledge and behaviour, which improves safety outcomes such as hazard identification, risk control and specific high risk task knowledge. Ultimately, this means less incidents and accidents.
For our clients, it provides the reassurance that our workers have been inducted and prepared for safe work on-site, so that they will have a positive impact on the workplace and productivity.
Our workers are our business and we’re built for heavy industry. Since our foundation we’ve been improving outcomes for workers and clients and continue to do so.
Managing Director, Peter Maxwell