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.