The Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program works with businesses to develop better work health, safety and injury management systems.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) invited McLean Farms into the IPaM program in August 2012 following an increase in their injuries and claims experience. Many of their claims were due to musculoskeletal injuries from manual tasks.
McLean Farms, better known as Sunny Queen Eggs, is an Australian farmer owned company specialising in fresh farm eggs and egg products. The company has farms throughout Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
With the assistance of IPaM, McLean Farms made improvements that resulted in hazards being removed from the workplace and a significant reduction in injuries. Since January 2014 only two lost time injuries have been reported, as well as improved productivity, and a noticeable decrease in absenteeism.
Upon entering the IPaM program, McLean Farms comprehensively reviewed their health and safety systems, and held a hazard identification exercise to gain a better awareness of the health and safety risks associated with their working environment. They identified a number of opportunities for improvement and created a Business Improvement Plan (BIP) to help them follow up on what they needed to do.
The BIP complemented McLean Farms’ existing Quality Management System and provided the opportunity to develop a tailored system that resolved the identified risks.
Involving all staff including the Company Director and the CEO was vital to the success of the program and management were updated and involved in all system-related changes.
Some of the operational changes included the introduction of:
a motorised tug to assist with production
- this minimises the risk of injuries associated with hazardous manual tasks
leadership and guidance meetings for all staff
updated policies and processes for consultation about system improvements
- all incidents are investigated and risk assessments are done in consultation with managers and the injured party
- regular tool box talks across all sites
Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM) training
- this is focused on moving towards a risk management approach to managing hazardous manual tasks involving local allied health providers
employees returning from work-related injuries are gradually brought back to work
- this involves weekly meetings held to monitor progress, and
- allows for an early intervention strategy to prevent aggravating injuries.
For more information visit the Workplace Healthand Safety Queensland website or call 1300 369 915.