Workplace Injury Prevention Program
Workplace Injury Prevention
Musculoskeletal sprains and strains are one of the leading causes of morbidity and disability in the workplace, accounting for approximately 50% of all Lost Time Injuries (LTI’s). As the injuries or conditions become more serious and impinge on a person’s functional capacity, their work performance and productivity are also likely to decrease. This can result in enormous economic costs for both the employee and the employer. Research shows up to 50% of all LTIs can be prevented through postural balancing and correcting muscular imbalances as well as strengthening and mobilisation exercises.
We know that muscular imbalances and posture-related dysfunctions are a major cause of occupational injuries and repetitive strain injuries within the workplace. By assessing a person’s movement capacity and by screening for musculoskeletal dysfunction/ imbalances, we can provide the appropriate intervention and exercise advice. There is ample research to support this proactive approach, with organisations seeing large reductions in injury occurrence and lost time due to injuries.
Unlike traditional manual handling programs which do not always engage the employees, our success can be also attributed to changes in attitude, engagement and culture. Pre-program screening and assessment is conducted on both the individual and workplace, allowing for the development of a tailored program. This aspect of specific ‘on the job’ training is important for engaging the participation of all employees and further enhancing workplace morale.
Our program is a unique and innovative injury prevention program, proven to reduce the incidence and severity of workplace injuries. We are committed to ensuring future injuries are prevented and that site morale and work engagement is improved.
The program is specifically tailored to the workplace and is structured in a way that raises awareness of common injuries, educates on how to protect against them and teaches long-term prevention strategies. As sustainability is at the forefront of our training, workplace coaches are selected from within the group of participating employees. They are trained to conduct proactive warm-up-for-work stretches as well as balance, strengthening and mobilisation exercises with their colleagues. The program runs for three to six months, depending on your company size and organisational needs.
Benefits for Participants
- Reduced Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)
- Reduced number of injury claims
- Lowered insurance premiums
- More alert, energetic, mindful employees
- Increased productivity
- Improved perception of employee value within the organisation
- Improved team cohesion and workplace morale
The program is facilitated in four main stages:
1. WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT
- Job task analysis/ workplace design/ safe work practices
- Customisation and screening
2. WORKSHOP FACILITATION
- Manual handling training / musculoskeletal health education
- Practical guided exercises & stretching
- Mindfulness coaching & relaxation exercises
3. LEADER IDENTIFICATION AND TRAINING
- Train-the-trainer- Ongoing support for the leaders
4. ON-GOING SUSTAINABILITY
- Proactive warm-up-for-work/ ‘on the job’ exercises
Current legislation requires an employer to minimise the risk of manual handling injuries to employees. A physical demands assessment, otherwise known as a job task analysis, is a breakdown of the skills and demands specific to a particular duty within the workplace. A thorough assessment of the workplace is conducted to highlight the hazards and main injury risks. This allows for preventative strategies to be developed and implemented.
Our job task analysis and risk assessment will:
- Identify and assess injury risks within your workplace
- Provide safety recommendations
- Ensure you comply with legislation
- Recommend suitable and safe equipment
- Provide an essential tool for negotiating suitable duties for employees returning to work by liaising with treating doctors and other health care professionals
- Assist with the implementation of the Engage injury prevention program
Individual Assessment and Training Services also Available Include:
INJURY RISK ASSESSMENTS
- Employees returning to work after a workplace injury
- Employees considered high risk
- Employees performing manual handling tasks in their work environment
ERGONOMIC WORKSTATION ASSESSMENTS
- All employees within the organisation (including in manual handling areas)
- Employees with musculoskeletal complaints, pain or previous injuries
SPINE AND POSTURE ASSESSMENTS
- All employees within the organisation
- 15 minutes per employee