Allianz Australia has partnered with Monash Health using revolutionary movement assessment technology to help reduce the Victorian healthcare provider’s risk of workplace injury.
Monash Health estimates $10m in employee injury costs – including $3.2m in back injuries and $1.1m in shoulder injuries – are paid out every year, with the average claim for a musculoskeletal injury being $40,000.
Allianz claims data revealed that manual handling injuries accounted for 58% of all employee injuries at the healthcare provider, with back and shoulder injuries making up the vast majority of cases.
To get a better understanding of the physical demands on employees, Monash Health, with Allianz’s support, used wearable sensor technology to provide information on nurse’s lower back movements, shoulder elevations and muscle activity during daily tasks.
“Workplace injury prevention is not a new concept but Allianz continues to search for innovative solutions that will benefit workers,” Allianz Workers Compensation Chief General Manager Helen Silver said.
“Understanding the physical demands on workers means Monash can create safer workplaces and, ultimately, provide better care for patients,” she said.
A key finding from the study showed that when it came to changing a patient’s bed linen, nurses spent 43% of the time bent over. Further testing and analysis found that a simple change in procedures and training could dramatically reduce injury risk, decreasing the physical strain of the task by up to 77% in some cases.
“I’m extremely pleased our funding could help Monash Health make their workplace safer for Victorian nurses,” Silver said. “I look forward to seeing what longer-term benefits the study might create for healthcare workers.”
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1 Allianz Australia Victorian Workers Compensation figures 1 January 13 – 31 December 2015
2 ViSafe White Paper Health Industry Study, http://get.dorsavi.com/201705-healthcare-white-paper/
2 August 2017