Innovative program protects body

Goonyella Riverside Drill and Blast crews were the first to receive biomechanics training from onsite Occupational Therapists, as part of an innovative program recently.

Goonyella Riverside Drill and Blast crews were the first to receive biomechanics training from onsite Occupational Therapists, as part of an innovative program recently.

Occupational Therapist, Tegan Muir said the onsite occupational therapists designed a program that delivers the latest biomechanics and ergonomics research in an easy to understand format.

“We found it easier for people to understand and apply the biomechanics of their body when we introduced the concept of the body as a machine,” Tegan said.

The training includes a theory session and a one-on-one practical session out in the field. During the session, employees are shown how to prepare their body for activities and common mechanisms of injury are discussed.

The information presented is not only relevant to the workplace but can also be applied to non-work related activities.

The biomechanics training will be rolled out to all employees and contractors at Goonyella Riverside Mine during 2008.

This article was first published in BMAG (Issue 35, May/June 2008) – a bi-monthly publication published by the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

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