Around 4.2% of workers experience a work-related injury annually, with trades workers, technicians, labourers and machinery operators making up over half of all ‘serious’ cases resulting in one or more weeks off work (source: ABS Work-Related Injury statistics).
This issue is a major focus for a labour hire operator like the Hunter’s Maxwell Recruitment & Training, which specialises in the supply of skilled tradespeople and labourers to engineering and mining services workshops and construction sites.
“At any one time we have close to 200 boilermakers, welders, fitters, riggers, dogmen, construction trades, TAs and others placed around the Hunter, and mostly on relatively high risk worksites. For our workers and our clients, regular safety training is absolutely critical to mitigating these risks,” explains Managing Director, Peter Maxwell.
To achieve this, Maxwell Recruitment & Training purpose-built its own, on-site Registered Training Organisation from the ground up. Through this, it provides free nationally accredited safety training for its workers and new candidates, including courses in Work Safely at Heights, Confined Space Training, Low Volt Rescue, Work Safely Near Powerlines, Fire Warden & Extinguisher, First Aid, CPR and more.
“Our workers are our business,” says Peter, “and to our knowledge, our on-site free training for workers and candidates is a national first for labour hire in this industry. Importantly, it gives us great confidence in placing well-trained workers with our clients, who’ve had high quality safety training that’s always up-to-date.”
This commitment to safety – which extends to eligible candidates, regardless of whether they’re successful in obtaining work with Maxwell Recruitment & Training, and the public – has benefits for the wider industry. As the CEO of RCSA said, “this commitment to training on work health and safety is another great example of a staffing firm putting its workers first. RCSA is proud of Maxwell Recruitment & Training’s fine commitment.”
As an integrated training and labour solution, Maxwell Recruitment & Training has a distinctive position in the local industry. They’re also COVID-safe and remain fully operational, with all training courses on offer in large compliant spaces, and the labour hire team growing to continue to meet the demands of the industry.