In July 2012 First Move Manual Handling was introduced to Gough. By May 2014 the TIFR had reduced by 69%. In large part First Move shifted the goal posts on preventative solutions to muscular skeletal injuries being experienced in the work place.
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
We commenced manual handling training in May and we have just had our first month (June) in the past 12months that we have had no reported LTI's.
I have been involved in Manual Handling Training sessions for 15 years.The First Move Training is the most practical and relevant I have been involved with. The techniques are explained well and demonstrated in a way that allows trainers to correct learner techniques immediately in an easy and safe environment.
Armaguard - First Move Trainer
We are focussed on improving our reporting so even thou the number of incidents has not reduced around manual handling related strains and sprains, the seriousness has. We also had a reduced cost of $80,000 in strain/Sprain injury costs.
Zero Harm Manager
A very fun interactive manual handling training session taking people a variety of techniques required for performing specific tasks at our plant. We have seen encouraging and consistent results. After year 1 - a 46% reduction in strain/sprain injuries. At year 2 – a further 22% reduction. 3 year mark another 19% reduction in strain/sprain injuries. I recommend the Provention First Move program to any business involved in manual handling.
Safety Training Officer, Lorneville Plant
I just want to thank and commend the Department for running the First Move Manual Handling training course. I think this is one of the most valuable courses I have ever done in my life, and wish I had learnt it at primary school. Although I am office based, this course will help in all areas of my life.
Great session, even got the crusty old buggars enjoying themselves and getting involved - Grant
They seemed really surprised that they got so much out of the training. - Paul
Wish I'd been told this 30 years ago. - David
Hirepool First Move Trainer
The training has been a great success. The instances of back strain have reduced to practically none.
Health and Safety Advisor
First Move is on the weekly Tool Box Meeting agenda.
Staff have enjoyed the training, embraced the changes and are enjoying the benefits.
A lot of the staff have gone home and trained their children on how to lift, bend, carry etc.
Carters First Move Trainer
I had an employee approach me from Sunrock Quarry. He commented that he was completing a screen change which is above head height and that by being aware of the position of his arm, he had less strain and the job was easier.
Robyn Pass. SHE Coordinator
The workers report it’s been the best manual handling training session they have had. Its been so applicable they take it home, its not just orientated to their work life.
Pam Medhurst, Health and Safety Manager
The training went very well, all the vineyard hands engaged and I believe they enjoyed the sessions. I thought the trainer did a fantastic job of engaging with all those who attended. Initially there were supposed to be only 6 who could attend the final session, however it was so popular they all wanted to attend.
Health and Safety Manager
The production team and myself learnt a lot from you and we will be certainly putting into practice what you have told us. The most important thing of your visit was the immediate difference that all the staff felt on your instruction on how to use their bodies correctly when doing any manual handling activities.
We are seeing a good reduction in strains and sprains this year compared to last year. The training is having a positive effect!
Quality and Safety Manager
I found Alison really good and having information to take away with us was really important too. Very practical and relevant to my working day. Well delivered, professional training.
I got told today by our workshop manager that we have changed his life! He has been trying all sorts of tasks and found that he can really tell the difference now in what he is doing. This has even applied to the voluntary work he does marking out an athletic track!
Fulton Hogan First Move Trainer
Since your sessions in Christchurch, the start of shift meetings have had a massive improvement in the quality and duration of the warm up exercises.