Embedding the safety landscape in Ryde

Not surprisingly, local government is one of the high risk industries when it comes to musculoskeletal disorders. As part of SafeWork NSW’s strategy to reduce these types of injuries, our ergonomics team is working with local councils to provide training, guidance and advice on Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM).

City of Ryde Council has put this training into action, making some significant changes to keep their workers safe and healthy.

Led by their enthusiastic Work Health and Safety Coordinator, Bryan Cropley, City of Ryde Council conducted risk assessments and devised controls to address a number of high risk hazardous manual tasks. They talked with their workers, managers and relevant parties and came up with some excellent safety solutions.

The problem

One of the identified risks was lifting the compactor or ’vibe plate’ from the back of a ute. It took two people to lift and lower the 70 kg machine, six to eight times per day. The lift was awkward and dangerous for workers.

The solution

City of Ryde workers now use a12 volt electrical hoist to lift the machine. The unit is able to lift and lower the compactor between the ute and the ground without using any force or awkward postures.

Workers have embraced the change. “This job is now much easier than it used to be,” they said.

“It only needs one worker now, enabling the second worker to focus on other tasks.”

Next steps

SafeWork is continuing to provide City of Ryde with the support and assistance that they need to build their capability.

City of Ryde is doing exactly what the WHS Roadmap for NSW 2022 is talking about – embedding the health and safety landscape in NSW workplaces. By gaining safety leadership from the top and middle management, consulting and communicating with workers, they have used safety in design to create a safer workplace.

Find out what the WHS Roadmap for NSW 2022 means for you.