Stop workplace injuries for good

- with effective strategies that change unsafe habits

It’s your job to keep your people safe – to give them the tools they need to avoid harm. Yet no matter what you’ve tried so far, you haven’t been able to change your worker’s unsafe movement habits. As a result, you’re dealing with an injury-prone workforce and lowered productivity.

But how can it be? We can teach children how to swim and a golfer to improve their swing. But we can’t teach willing adults to move safely in the workplace. The problem is not that they can’t learn – but what they’re being taught and how they’re being taught 

 You can train your people to move safely and avoid injury.

We are Provention. We’re physiotherapists first. We understand how the body is designed to move and what people need to do to change unsafe habits. We work with businesses to implement and embed injury-prevention programmes into company culture. Because all the training in the world won’t work if it’s not supported from the top.

You are in the right place if you:

  • Care about the wellbeing of your people and don’t want them to suffer the long-term effects of repetitive or sedentary work.
  • Want to have a healthier, more productive workforce.
  • Need to change your company culture and attitudes around manual handling injuries.
  • Have tried injury prevention training in the past but it hasn’t worked.
  • Want to implement a sustainable injury prevention programme that engages your people and actually works!

We’re specialists in manual handing training and office workstation assessments. We work across all industry sectors – construction, quarries, corporates, retail and supermarket chains, meatworks, laboratories, transport and assembly factories. We also work with all corporates and government agencies with an office-based workforce.

We’ll help you make the move to an injury-free work force.

Our Programmes

First Move

Manual handling programme

Looking for a sustainable and effective manual handling programme that engages your workers and stops injuries? We can help – with our common-sense approach.

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First Move Office

Sedentary work programme

We’re not designed to sit up straight at our desks – believe it or not! If you’ve got a sedentary workforce and want a no-nonsense approach to work station assessments and support – look no further.

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The results of our programmes speak for themselves.

80% of our personal injuries arise from manual handling. We’ve had a lot of programmes over the years to address this problem but the one that has made the biggest difference is Provention with a 40% reduction in manual handling injuries

Carl Stent, National Safety and Wellbeing Manager, Fulton Hogan

The training has been a great success. The instances of back strains have reduced to practically none and when people that haven't completed the course yet have complained of pain or discomfort from doing a task, people that have completed the course have offered advice on how to change things to make it easier.

Health and Safety Assa Abloy NZ Ltd

All individuals that I have spoken to are catching themselves at times in the wrong position, and correcting themselves, and I myself are using the techniques all the time in my everyday life as well as at work. I was really impressed with the day and I think in particular how you demonstrated correct and wrong techniques that I could relate to.

Cheers Darryl, Territory Business Manager, Goodman Fielder

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New mobile training apps support change

22 November 2016

We understand that it can be difficult to implement systems and processes that encourage people to change unsafe movement habits. We have a range of tools to support long-term changes. Our latest tools are two new apps for computers, phones and tablets. These are specifically designed to easily support our First Move training modules in the field and embed the principles of safe movement – reducing injuries long-term.


Avoid strain-related injuries

Avoid strain-related injuries

08 March 2017

If you want to be good at any skill – study the experts in the field.

We know this to be a sensible thing to do and we do it in many aspects of our lives.

Why then do we not apply these principles to manual handling training?

The manual handling experts are in every industry. They’re right in front of us. These experts are the people doing repetitive and heavy tasks day in and day out – with ease and without injury.

Facts & Figures

Back injuries are one of the most dramatic examples of the cost of work related injury in New Zealand. These figures are from ACC for the 2014-15 year. They only represent part of the true cost of such an injury to the worker, their family and friends, their employer and society in general. 






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