WesTrac Partners With Macquarie University on WHS Project 

Preventing Future Injuries

Meet Chantel and Wendy - two Macquarie University students who have recently completed their Work, Health and Safety Placement for their Doctor of Physiotherapy with WesTrac. The students had both already completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and are in the process of finishing their second degree to become Physiotherapists.

Chantel and Wendy worked with WesTrac NSW over a period of 5 weeks and spent that time reviewing a range of musculoskeletal risks for our employees. These types of risks are associated with factors like posture, movement, vibration, temperature, low support, monotonous tasks and force. Every WesTrac employee is susceptible to these risks, from office workers not having the most ideal workstation layout to field service technicians handling heavy parts. With excellence in safety being a core value, our safety team wanted to take a deeper look at these risks by partnering with Macquarie University.

During their time at WesTrac, Chantel and Wendy spent a significant amount of time observing and collaborating with employees in the Workshop, Warehouse, Field Service and Office environments. The students were made welcome by our technicians and employees and the dialogue throughout the project was completely open and respectful. Both students commented on the positive experience and said it was one of the best placements they had done throughout their degree.

This project provided WesTrac a unique perspective and methodology. The difference in this approach was that the students looked for potential future injuries from a physiological frame – thus enabling WesTrac to become more proactive when it comes to muscular sprain and strain injuries. The outputs of the project will enable WesTrac to continuously improve and help our employees prevent future injuries.

The experience was a fantastic opportunity for WesTrac and the students. Our safety team really enjoyed working with these future physios!

WesTrac would like to thank Macquarie University for their fantastic partnership in this project – their flexibility and support throughout the program is truly appreciated.

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For more information on minimising musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, watch the helpful video from Safe Work Australia below.

 Minimising musculoskeletal disorders