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From Taking a Punt to Landing a Gig - How Luke Buckton Got Lucky

05/07/2022BY: Claude Drulik

​Who are you?

  • Name: Luke Buckton

  • Position: Warehouse Forklift Operator

  • Client: NationalWarehouse Supply Chain

Tell us About Your Journey

4 years ago, on the 27th of May 2018 to be precise, I rode my bike into a parked car. That was not a lucky day for me. After the prang I spent the next 7 months in the Townsville Hospital, then 2 months in the Mackay Hospital. I continue with rehab to this day. I won’t lie. It’s been hard. As a result of the accident, I ended up with brain and leg injury. Before the mishap, I was a Queensland Manager at Parker Hannifin for 4 years at Moranbah, where I looked after a staff of 15 people.

My luck improved at WorkPac, who I joined last year before Christmas. I now work as a warehouse forklift operator. It’s been great. They have supported me fully throughout my journey. I feel truly valued in the warehouse. It’s really helped bring back my humour too, which I’ve been told is outstanding – as I enjoy sharing a laugh with any visitor.

How did you land your role with WorkPac?

To be honest, my wife’s sister suggested I put my name forward and just take a punt.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

Sarah, my recruiter, was great in helping me find a role. She’s also been really good moral support. She helped me land a job I like, where I enjoy getting the work done.