In­jured of­fi­cers get help

North Shore Times - - EYE CARE - FELIC­ITY REID

An in­creas­ing num­ber of park­ing of­fi­cers are get­ting in­jured fall­ing over on the job, so Auck­land Trans­port is in­tro­duc­ing a daily pre-work work­out to help with phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing.

The falls preven­tion pro­gramme, called Move Strong, will be in­tro­duced for park­ing of­fi­cers based in Taka­puna and Manukau and will aim to pre­vent mus­cu­loskele­tal in­juries in­clud­ing slip, trip and fall-re­lated in­juries and back in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to AT’s lat­est health and safety re­port, park­ing of­fi­cers sus­tained in­juries slip­ping on wet leaves, trip­ping on the kerb, fall­ing on mud and trip­ping on a metal plate.

Of the four in­ci­dences in a month, three of­fi­cers re­quired time off work for their in­juries.

The long­est amount of time re­quired off work was eight days.

Dur­ing the 12-week Move Strong pro­gramme, each day be­fore head­ing out on the job, park­ing of­fi­cers will work with a phys­io­ther­a­pist on con­di­tion­ing ex­er­cises.

The phys­io­ther­a­pist will also work with se­lected staff on good prac­tice for job tasks like chalk­ing tyres.

Other than falls, this year park­ing of­fi­cers have also been in­jured with fin­ger lac­er­a­tions on the se­cu­rity wires for the cov­ers of pay and dis­play ma­chines and eye dis­com­fort from when an ob­ject/dust was blown into eye.

JACK­SON THOMAS

Auck­land park­ing of­fi­cers are get­ting help to pre­vent in­juries at work.

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