manufacturing and construction
One third of all injuries in the workplace are attributable to manual handling resulting in significant periods of time off work with huge financial costs to the company, increases in ACC levies, as well as the personal costs to the injured person.
Following an injury, there is an associated negative impact on the rest of the staff and often an upward trend in sick leave.
Some injuries occur from lifting heavy loads or awkward positions, but many are cumulative resulting from repetitive movements and poor posture habits. This is why its important to undertake thorough analysis and put in place a customised, practical and sustainable tailored programme to prevent and manage your risks.
Preventing injuries in the workplace
Research confirms that programmes with a comprehensive approach and local ownership are required to achieve a sustainable change in handling practice with an associated reduction in staff injury rates.
This involves organisational commitment to risk management in the workplace addressing workflow and set up, as well as raising staff awareness of injury causative factors and training in safe handling ergonomics.
Injury prevention begins with analysing the causative factors, undertaking effective risk management and using ergonomic principles that can be applied to all tasks in all situations.
Using a risk assessment process, any gaps or handling issues are identified and addressed.
In addition a training package is developed that is tailored to your organisation’s specific handling requirements.
The added benefit is that as well as reducing your staff injury rate there is often an improvement in the efficiency of your work processes from changes in the work flow and staff morale.
Our workplace physios will assist you with organisational risk management, addressing manual handling risks in the workflow and set up, as well as raising staff awareness of injury causative factors and training in safe handling ergonomics.
We will deliver a training package that is tailored to your workers’ specific handling requirements so that they can integrate these practical skills into their actual work tasks.
As result you can expect a reduction in your staff injury rate, increase efficiency in your work processes and improved staff morale.
Also our approach aligns with ACC’s Discomfort, Pain and Injury programme assisting you with your audit requirements.