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Job Interview +physical but I have a very Temporary Injury (Fracture)

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Question Job Interview +physical but I have a very Temporary Injury (Fracture)

I recently fractured my metacarpus, the little finger bone but in my palm. I've had a cast on for at least a month. So theoretically it will come off in 2-4 weeks if everything has healed correctly. There are two K-wires in at the moment too.

I had a job interview a couple of days ago. Its a physically demanding job: Project Firefighter (controlled burns and firefighting in the outback etc). Part of the application process involves a helth check. Passed that. Then in about a week there is a physical test involving, among other things, using a rake-hoe (55 rake-hoes in a minute to pass). Obviously I cant really do it at present but I know I would easily pass without the cast on.

The job would officially start in 6 weeks and I should be fine before this. The interviewers said I should be able to do the rake-hoe test later. The health check doctor gave me a Medical Classification Identification form to get filled in by my doctor (The hospital) before the physical test. But getting that signed at present it would obviously say I cant use my hand, so I dont know why they gave me that.

Will a doctor be able to write me something saying I cant use my hand now but I should be fine in #_???_ weeks? pending another checkup.

Does the government organisation (DENR) have the right to not consider me if the application process coincides with a temporary injury like this which wont affect the job but does affect the physical test due to bad timing?

Its basically my dream job after uni that gets me where I want to be and Ive been waiting all year for these jobs to come up as this is when they hire. So I'd have to wait another year for this sort of thing!

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