Injury prevention

Did you know injuries in the workplace cost the Australian economy more than $60 billion a year which could be avoided through a preventative approach?

Injury prevention is the act of seeking out ways to prevent, reduce and eliminate injuries in your workplace by encouraging a proactive mindset, rather than a reactive approach.

A preventative approach requires a strategic mindset and the collaboration of employers with employees to ensure a safe and injury free workplace.

Statistics have shown that musculoskeletal injuries are the most prevalent cause of injury at work. A musculoskeletal injury is when pain or injuries are caused on the muscular system of the body and around 74% of serious injury involves joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons.

Most of these injuries come from manual handling jobs, including lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and stabilising objects as well as from vibrations.

Research has shown that the top two body stresses causing serious musculoskeletal injuries are muscular stress while handling objects, and muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects.

At Glencore we're committed to keeping you healthy and in the workforce for longer with the ultimate goal ensuring a safe and productive workplace.

Remember, injury prevention is always better than the cure!

Check out our top 10 tips for preventing injuries in the workplace.

Did you know?

  • Best practice American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines state 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, improves both physical and mental health.
  • The 150 minutes can be accumulated from 30 minutes of activity 5 days per week or you can break down your activity into three 10 minute periods of activity which is just as beneficial.

Top 10 tips to prevent injuries in the workplace

  1. Warm up prior to work – Completing a few simple stretches prior to working will increase your body temperature and increase blood flow to your muscles.
  2. Wear correct equipment and protective gear.
  3. Learn correct movement techniques – This will help lift heavy objects, assist in manual handling and improve postural positioning.
  4. Take periodic breaks – Repetitive movements and sustained awkward body positioning can cause strain and stress on the muscles.
  5. Get quality sleep – Fatigue causes injury so try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  6. Follow safety procedures – These are in place for a reason so make sure you are always up to date with the latest safety procedures.
  7. Stay hydrated – This boosts your immune system and also reduces the risk of sustaining musculoskeletal injuries.
  8. Seek early treatment – If you feel a niggle, unusual pain or ache, early treatment interventions can reduce long-term damage.
  9. Participate in physical activity outside of work – This doesn't have to be strenuous activity but keep active to maintain mind, muscle, joint and cardiovascular health
  10. Increase muscle strength, conditioning and flexibility – Increasing muscle strength and conditioning reduces body fat, increases lean muscle and flexibility, increases bone density and strength as well as energy levels.