Seismic testing line crews work across multiple locations in remote regions for mining exploration clients.
Overall physical demand rating
Tasks and tools used
The following tasks are completed on a regular basis but are not limited to:
- standing in man cage on back of 4WD utility rolling out cable while vehicle is travelling at 10-15km/hr
- dropping and picking up jugs, which weigh less than 5kg – this involves frequent bending and stomping as they are 2m apart
- rolling out the jugs and stomping the geophones (pegs) into the ground
- pulling the geophones up and rolling back onto the jugs
- augurs are used for holes in harder terrain
Note: the jugs and cabling are being transitioned to new equipment called nodes, one of which replaces 12 jugs, thus reducing the amount of bending and stomping significantly and removing the need for cabling.
Education and OH&S
- training in correct manual handling
- daily toolbox talks prior to shifts commencing
- employee induction and working in crews
- site inductions
6am to 6pm per day (12 hour days). Roster is six weeks on and two weeks off for line crews.
Personal protective equipment
- high visibility clothing
- steel capped boots
- sun protection
Critical physical job demands and other task requirements
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- 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).
Return to 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.
Return to work can begin at home for those having difficulty with transport, medication or the injury prevents them from returning to work.
If the worker needs to take a break from work, they're rehabilitation can still begin at home. Tasks can include:
- video on safety issues can be viewed (lying in bed if injury type requires)
- computer-based programs, CDs or DVD on work-related subjects
- phone-based work
- other worksite inductions
- checking or auditing paperwork, e.g. helping the WHSO audit lost time injuries (LTIs) for a six-month period.
In the event an employer is unable to provide suitable duties, a host placement may be required. If this is required, 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.
More return to work resources
- View physical demands photos for Seismic testing line crew