Are your workers deconditioned?
Published 9 June 2020
Published 9 June 2020
It’s great to see restrictions slowly being lifted across Australia and businesses increasing production.
And while the focus is deservedly on ensuring COVID-19 is kept at bay, we must remember that workplace injuries can still – and will – happen, and we must continue to minimise risk where possible.
We can expect that as workers return to their typical working hours and roles, we will see a spike in musculoskeletal injuries. The good news is, we can curb this spike by preparing our workers and work environment.
Think of your workers as sports people. “Industrial athletes” if you will. They are trained to perform a particular task, and their bodies are tuned to do these tasks regularly, and repetitively.
But in recent times, the tasks your workers typically perform may be conducted less regularly, and less repetitively, as sites are temporarily shut down or put on go-slows. Your workers may have been restricted to their homes and forced into a more sedentary lifestyle. As a result, muscles may become deconditioned.
According to research by the Center for Healthy Aging and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, it takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. The more muscle a person has, the more they will lose if they are sidelined by an injury, illness or holiday.
Workers who are returning to their typical role after more than two weeks away, and those who have been working reduced hours and are about to substantially increase hours are most at risk.
Roles which are considered high risk are:
Although restrictions are easing across Australia, it is still extremely important that preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains a focus.
Employers should continue to monitor reliable sources of information such as health.gov.au and stay up to date with the most recent advice. The Department of Health has compiled a useful information sheet for employers.
As a WHA Onsite Healthcare Provider you can enjoy:
– A competitive salary
– Laptop, Phone & Work Vehicle
– A generous training allowance
– Access to a full time training manager to coach you in your professional development
We welcome applications from Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths, unless otherwise specified in the job description.