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Cabinet maker

The cabinet maker/joiner installs pre-fabricated and assembled cabinets, bench tops, doors, drawers, furniture, wall panelling and other fittings.


  • measuring, drafting plans/drawings, manual lifting, handling fittings of variable sizes, weights and dimensions (a co-worker may assist with larger items)
  • positioning, aligning and fastening the fittings and sub-assemblies to walls, ceilings and floor structures, ensuring they are level and that items such as doors, drawers and movable screens are correctly aligned and run smoothly
  • trimming, cutting or shaping materials and fittings, using a variety of hand and power tools such as saws, chisels, planes and jigsaws
  • fittings such hinges, locks, catches, drawers, shelves and cabinet doors, may be fastened with nails, screws, and/or adhesives
  • transport materials, cabinets, fittings and sub-assembles via trolleys and pallet jacks (where access allows) or carried in some circumstances.

Personal protective equipment

  • gloves
  • hard hat
  • mask
  • visibility vest
  • trousers
  • safety boots
  • ear muffs/plugs
  • safety glasses
  • sunscreen.
Critical job demand descriptor% of the time performedTask


  • standing
  • gripping of objects

34% - 66%

  • lifting of objects weighing up to 25kg between floor and shoulder height

5% - 33%

  • use of power tools
  • awkward postures
  • trunk flexion greater than 15 degrees
  • kneeling and crouching positions
  • climbing of stairs
  • climbing of ladders
  • pushing/pulling of objects


  • lifting of objects weighing up to 15kg above shoulder height
  • carrying of objects weighing up to 25kg

Suitable duties

  • goals must be clear, realistic and achievable
  • must have 'buy-in' from the worker
  • worker helps to set the goals, and must be answerable if goals are not met (this allows barriers to RTW to be identified at an early stage and obstacles overcome)
  • workers need to understand they have an obligation to participate in rehabilitation and RTW as per Section 232 of the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act).

Cabinet maker/joiner return work suggestions

Worker can begin with light duties and include more tasks as their capacity for work changes. We'll work with all parties, including the treating medical provider, employer and worker to ensure everyone is aware of where the worker is with their rehabilitation and stay at, or return to work.

Note: some tasks are dependent on worker's injury and capacity, and some tasks may require the assistance of a co-worker.

Host employment

In the event an employer is unable to provide suitable duties, a host placement may be required. If this is the case, the worker may be placed at a different employer in a graduated return to work plan until they're able to 'upgrade' back to his/her pre-injury role with their pre-injury employer.

WorkCover Queensland's Recover at Work program places injured workers in short term host employment with employers who have an established track record of successful return to work outcomes with their own workers.