Enter your email and password to access secured content, members only resources and discount prices.
Did you become a member online? If not, you will need to activate your account to login.
If you are having problems logging in, please call HIA helpdesk on 1300 650 620 during business hours.
Enables quick and easy registration for future events or learning and grants access to expert advice and valuable resources.
Enter your details below and create a login
A construction site, with its maze of heavy machinery, tools, and ongoing operations, requires every individual to be on their guard. But for the young and inexperienced, the dangers are amplified.
Did you know that workers aged 15 to 25 have a 75% higher risk of injury? Alarmingly, construction sites are among the prime hotspots where these risks multiply. This elevated risk stems from their unique profile, characterised by:
The range of injuries they might sustain includes cuts, lacerations, bruises, and more severe outcomes like fractures. Young construction enthusiasts are prone to injuries resulting from manual handling mistakes, such as lifting heavy objects incorrectly. Falls, given the nature of building sites with their ladders, scaffolds, and floor openings, present another significant danger.
The core of the problem? Inexperience. While enthusiasm and energy are in abundance, what they often lack is the seasoned eye that spots hazards or the hands that have learned, over time, to handle tools safely.
If you're a host trainer or oversee apprentices, it's more than a duty—it's a responsibility to ensure they're given the right training and resources to protect themselves. It’s not just about adhering to laws, but genuinely investing in their wellbeing.
While introducing them to Work Method Statements or additional training might seem daunting, view it as a crucial investment. It’s a bridge connecting them from their raw, unrefined skills to a place where they can confidently execute tasks and minimise risks.
Your checklist as a host trainer should include:
The construction industry thrives on the fresh perspectives and energies of the young. As we welcome them into this dynamic world, it’s imperative that their safety remains paramount. It's not just about laying foundations for buildings, but ensuring that these young workers have a solid foundation for a long, safe career ahead.
By understanding their unique needs, recognising the challenges they face, and equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge, we're not just building structures, but shaping the future of the construction world—one young worker at a time.
Find out how you can hire an apprentice for your business.
We offer competitive rates and apprentices who are the right fit for your business.