WITH an increasing demand for skilled labour in the tightening market of the mining industry, it has become critical that people are
physically capable of performing their job roles. Research has shown that a person who is physically mismatched to their role has a three-times greater risk of suffering a musculoskeletal injury from manual handling than someone who is not. WorkSmart Health has likened this to trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, stating that if the worker and the role are not a good match, either the job or the worker may be compromised.
To alleviate this problem, WorkSmart Health has been assisting clients in creating Job Dictionaries (databases of job task analysis), to combine with Functional Capacity Assessments to ensure workers begin and remain in a physical state capable of safely conducting their jobs.
Working under the age-old adage that it is better to provide prevention than a cure, the team at WorkSmart Health has been helping companies across Australia to reduce their number of injured workers, while increasing productivity, by implementing strategic and sustainable health, wellness and injury prevention programs. Further information is available on the company’s website.