Free training course for leading hands

Thursday, 12 August, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria is calling on construction companies to drive injury rates down by enrolling leading hands in a free training course: ‘Safety Skills for Leading Hands’.

Commenting on the initiative, WorkSafe’s Acting Construction Director Allan Beacom said: “Construction sites with trained leading hands are less likely to lose workers to injury.

“This is a chance for companies to train up leading hands on health and safety. It’s free and it’s good for business - so why not take advantage of it?”

Safety Skills for Leading Hands is aimed at leading hands who supervise crews of two to 10 workers. The course covers how to find and fix health and safety issues, using safe work method statements and raising safety issues with crews or bosses.

“Leading hands play a key role on looking for emerging hazards and keeping their crews safe - they can make a real difference,” Beacom continued. “Research shows that training construction supervisors in leadership and health and safety knowledge will actually reduce the frequency of disabling injuries.”

Safety Skills for Leading Hands is available on demand at locations around Victoria. Bookings can be made to attend the one-day course, or for an on-site course, by calling (03) 9356 8902 or emailing to training@mpmsaa.org.au.

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