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The Heavy Metal Rocks project gives high school students the chance to visit local heavy equipment shops and worksites, try out various types of heavy equipment, and get an overview of the construction industry from representatives who also relay the important role that safety plays in their industry. The three day work-experience program is open to grade eleven and twelve students, and gives them the opportunity to work with heavy machinery common to the construction and road building industries under the direction of trained operators. Before climbing into the equipment operator's chair, students receive 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.

Level of Education: Preschool, School, Initial vocational education and training

Lead Organisation: WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C)

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