The City of Perth engaged the LGIS injury prevention team to evaluate workstations of a group of employees at their depot to make sure they were comfortable, safe and less likely to injure themselves.
LGIS Injury Prevention Consultant, Darryl Griffiths, visited the depot to observe employees’ current work methods, equipment layout and complete an ergonomic evaluation.
The identified hazards during this assessment were quite specific, however common ergonomic issues our injury prevention consultants encounter include awkward sitting postures, incorrect backrest height and angle, poor monitor heights, angles and distances, and overreaching for the keyboard or mouse.
Ergonomic assessments are available to all LGIS members; it’s included as another benefit of membership.
Injury prevention is a key component of any health and wellbeing structure at a workplace. The Scheme injury prevention program is included as part of membership and supports WA local governments in reducing injuries in the workplace.
Our team is focused on proactive and strategic services to assist members with reducing the risk of manual task injuries in the workplace. LGIS services are interactive and engaging, and focus on outcome based learnings to empower workers to apply the principles on an ongoing basis in their roles.
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An ergonomic assessment is designed to assess a worker’s environment to ensure they are correctly set up, thereby minimising the risk of injuries, aches or pain, and maximising productivity. Below is a list of the range of ergonomic solutions available through LGIS.
Designed for workers with no pre-existing pain or discomfort.
Suitable for workers currently experiencing pain or discomfort.
Using Zoom as a platform, our injury prevention team can help workers setup and adjust their workstation via a telehealth assessment. This can be provided for both office and home workstations.
Spending long hours driving in a static posture can lead to pain and discomfort. This assessment is designed to ensure safe and appropriate sitting postures when driving or operating.
Designed for computer- based workers, who work from home, to ensure their workstation and environment is set up in line with ergonomic principles.
Following the assessment, an individual report is completed, which includes recommendations for changes, and outlines
any new equipment that may be required.
In this instance, a purchasing officer within the City of Perth’s fleet and depot services department was evaluated due to concerns regarding his workstation layout and discomfort he was experiencing as a result.
Take a look at LGIS’ key findings, hazards and improvements:
We identified some hazards which contributed to fatigue and employee discomfort.
For an ergonomic assessment within your facilities, please get in touch with our injury prevention consultants or
contact James Larkin, WorkCare Services Manager at [email protected]
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The City of Perth engaged the LGIS injury prevention team
to evaluate workstations of a group of employees at their depot to make sure they were comfortable, safe and less likely to injure themselves.