The aged care sector is one highest ranked in terms of work-related musculoskeletal injury risks in Australia. Among the most common injuries in the workforce is the shoulder injury mostly caused by the lifting of clients.
As such it is essential for employers and employees to identify and control the hazards associated with the sector. Some of the exposure to heavy lifting and strain to the shoulder can be found on commonly performed tasks. These include;
- Manually assisting clients into and out of chairs and bed
- Dressing clients
- Showering clients
- Item lifting; Laundry bag, bucket
1. The use of modern equipment
There is a wide range of assistive equipment which can be used to minimise risks posed to employees as well as help make the work easier. This include;
- Total body mechanical lift
- Adjustable tub gurney
- Rolling shower chairs
- Bus power lifts and wheelchair tie downs
2. Adopting best work practices
- Team lifting policy
- Job rotation
- Job specific training
3. Staff retraining
By providing workers with refresher courses, you can improve the quality of work as well as reduce the frequency of injuries.
Although not all the above recommendations are a must for the ergonomics rule compliance, incorporating them is ideal for a safer and less strenuous workplace.
At Recovery Partners, we understand that prevention is better than a cure. Our team is well equipped and can help you conduct a task analysis and subsequently help you develop strategies to make the work environment safer.
If you’re interested, you can make an online enquiry here. Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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