Age-sensitive risk assessments
The company partnered with a local university to carry out a detailed risk assessment. Researchers worked with the business for six months, observing the workers, analysing the tasks and working procedures. Workers were involved in identifying the solutions.
This participative approach was hugely beneficial, as everyone shared the responsibility of improving the situation, and the university was able to provide expertise in finding workable solutions. The workers were provided with new equipment to reduce the physical strain and they were also trained in office work to provide an alternative type of work to lighten the workload.