After experiencing an increase in back and shoulder injuries SCE engaged manual handling specialists Prescribe Australia to tailor a program for its ageing workforce to help prevent further workplace injuries.
An SCE specific hazardous manual task and injury prevention program was created to provide workers with proactive strategies to help prevent injuries when working in their unique work environments.
“We implemented a three-stage process to solve this problem for SCE,” explains Prescribe Australia’s Operations Manager, Shane Rose.
“Firstly, we spent time on the work floor with the team assessing their priority hazardous manual tasks, getting to understand the work environment and creating a tailored solution for each unique area.”
“We then attended each location delivering a training package that focused on specific techniques and strategies to minimise the risk of musculoskeletal disorders when completing their specific work tasks.
The program was trialed by SCE’s workshop team in Port Kembla, focussing heavily on the back and shoulder area, before being rolled out to other areas including Mayfield, Waratah, Hebden, and Kemblawarra.
“Our main focus was concentrating on specific techniques and strategies to minimise the risk of musculoskeletal disorders when completing their specific work tasks,” Rose explained.
“We also implemented injury prevention exercises to both prepare the worker’s bodies for their job but also reverse any load and strain they had created throughout the workday,” Rose said.
“The teams at all locations were a pleasure to work with. We are sure everyone took away some personal techniques to assist with their unique tasks.”
The team from Prescribe Australia also followed up the implementation with hands-on coaching to assist workers practically apply the techniques learned.
SCE’s HSE superintendent Geoff Mellon reports the program was well received and beneficial to workers.
“All SCE team members had fantastic engagement with the program from the planning through to the training and implementation, Mellon said.
“Importantly, our workers also stated the training was meaningful and relevant for their jobs.”