Our innovative, human-centred approach to productivity, safety, health & retention consistently results in reduction of LTIs and MTIs, increased productivity and improved employee morale. 💪
We work with the companies who keep NZ running: power, water, electricity, roads, cargo, and telecommunications. The heart of these companies are the workers on the ground creating new infrastructure, maintaining the networks or moving the cargo. Healthy and fit manual labourers are good business for the companies … and for New Zealand. 🏗
We Help You Identify Risk
20% of worker habits result in 80% of company injuries. Just because a job has been done a certain way for ages doesn’t mean it’s the best and safest way to do it. Risky habits are common causes of injuries and complaints, as some of our clients have discovered. 💥
on the job
Low Back Injury Amongst Traffic Management Workers
Our client company had a 25kg single-person lifting limit. The cones they use are 7kgs each, meaning a max single person lift of 3 cones. Onsite observation revealed that workers commonly lifted 5-7 cones — a whopping 35-49kgs. A programme of training showed the workers they could get the job done in the same amount of time moving fewer cones each load and creating lower levels of fatigue. An additional benefit was the the workers felt more capable the next day. We augmented this with a gym programme to ensure they were lifting properly.
Frequent Injuries While Working at Height
Observations on multiple job sites found that workers on ladders and EWPs were not engaging their core and were ‘resting on their bones.’ This resulted in excessive stress on the joints and muscles, disproportionate pressure on the spine, and debilitating back pain. We determined that high core strength was essential to performing tasks at height without injury. We subsequently developed a test to periodically ensure the workers’ core strength is up to scratch, prevent low back damage and reduce injury rates.
New Gear, a Sound Investment?
Our client company was considering replacing a Wacker soil compactor with a lighter option to reduce injury risk caused by manoeuvring the Wacker on site. We were asked to assess the proposed pneumatic replacement to ensure it would be an improvement. When observing both compactors on the job, we discovered the pneumatic option was in fact riskier — it required more force from the worker to achieve adequate compaction.
We identified a simple solution to allow the superior compacting of the Wacker to be retained while reducing the risk of injury.
We Help You Measure Risk
Are your workers capable of performing their jobs safely and efficiently?
Manual labouring companies make their living off the physical capabilities of their workers. Their ability to perform jobs efficiently and without harm is essential to the health and wellbeing of your workers, as well as your company. Companies who fail to assess their workers’ physical capability are carrying an unmeasured risk. 📊
Set the PACE
The Physical Agility and Competency Exam (PACE) is an industry-specific test created to ensure your manual laboring staff are fit for work. Focusing on mobility, heart health, and job-specific fitness, PACE evaluates the most common causes of potential workplace injuries. There are two crucial points for the utilisation of PACE…
By utilising PACE during the pre-employment process, you ensure your prospective worker is physically capable of performing the job for which they have applied. This is essential to ensure tasks can be performed as safely and efficiently as possible. Pre-screening helps find the underlying conditions that can lead to an injury by ensuring that functionality of movement and strength is sufficient for the assigned tasks.
Periodic testing is a way to regularly assess the level of injury-risk of each worker. Assessing the ability to perform the tasks efficiently and with low risk ensures the worker will minimise the major causes of injury. This becomes increasingly important with advancing age.
We Help You Reduce Risk
Testing and maintaining equipment is an essential part of every industry: vehicles are maintained, tools are ‘tested and tagged’, procedures are refreshed. But none of these do any good if your workers are injured or lacking capability. Keeping your people fit for work is as essential as tuning your trucks, tools, and procedures.
Your business depends on it. ⛔
We Deliver Safety & Results
Workplace gyms got a bad rap in the past, and this was probably justified. Many were cobbled together using cast-off machines from workers’ garages; and people would jump in and ‘do a few reps’ without regard for form and function, warm up or cool down.
At Industry:FIT, safety and productivity are at the forefront of everything we do. We design your gym from the ground up with your needs in mind. Our programmes address the weaknesses causing your most common injuries, and target necessary strengths to increase productivity. Every gym has a specially selected trainer onsite for every session, ensuring that exercises are done safely and programmes are adapted to individual needs. To prevent injury while in the gym, workers are walked through programme-specific warm-ups and industry-specific stretches before starting any workout.