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High school students have the chance to get close to heavy equipment, learn about construction, and pick up valuable lessons about workplace safety thanks to WorkSafeBC’s Heavy Metal Rocks project.
The three day work experience program is open to grade 11 and 12 students. They visit local heavy equipment shops and worksites, and have the opportunity to work with construction and road-building machinery under the direction of trained operators.
There is no cost to students. The program is made possible by local companies who donate their time and equipment.
Before climbing into the operator's chair, students receive Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and their Level 1 Occupation First Aid certificate. In addition, WorkSafeBC prevention officers guide students on a complete site-safety orientation and give them their own personal safety equipment.
Heavy Metal Rocks is one of many WorkSafeBC initiatives that exemplify a new approach to prevention that began in 1994. These initiatives have contributed to the province’s low injury rate, which dropped below 3.0 for the first time in 2008.