Job dictionaries

Getting a worker back to work quickly after a work injury increases the likelihood of a full recovery and return to work and our job dictionaries are a useful tool for identifying suitable duties that can be performed while they recover from their injury.

Each of the following job dictionaries includes a job/task breakdown and guidance on the physical demands required for each task, injury risks and how each task can be performed safely. (These documents are current as at 2016 and no updates are planned).

Also known as early medical assessments, job analysis, worksite assessments and work capacity forms, job dictionaries are an essential communication aid for people involved in planning and facilitating a worker’s recovery and return to work.

Name Ascending Decending Industry Ascending Decending
Motor trades - servicing chainsaw (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - servicing outdoor power equipment (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - slide hammer (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - spot welding (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - stocking shelves (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - stretching and shrinking (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - unbolting gearbox (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - uncrating (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - washing vehicles (video) Motor trades
Motor trades - welding (video) Motor trades



All workplaces and circumstances are different and these job dictionary documents should be used as a guide only. They are not diagnostic and should not replace consultation, evaluation, or personal services including examination and an agreed course of action by a licensed practitioner. The accuracy, currency and completeness of the information available in these documents cannot be guaranteed. ReturnToWorkSA and its respective affiliates and agents do not accept any liability for injury, loss or damage arising from the use or reliance on these documents.