Volvo trucks are known worldwide for their meticulous safety standards. So it is no surprise that the company approaches the safety of their people in a similar way.
Volvo Trucks Australia is one of the largest heavy-duty truck suppliers in our country today, manufacturing Volvo and Mack trucks. They also refurbish Australian Defence Force trucks and have a state-of-the-art service division.
The company also understands the benefits of recovering at work and this is reflected in their workers’ compensation premium rate compared to their industry.
Approach to injury prevention
According to Rehabilitation Coordinator, Kaye Morgan, Volvo has implemented a range of equipment aimed at preventing injury.
These include the introduction of electronic torque guns to do up multiple bolts on the vehicles to prevent repetitive strain and bi-lateral tennis elbow injuries and equipment to reduce staff being placed in crouching and awkward positions.
Dual spindle electronic torque guns have been implemented for wheel fitment in response to a serious finger injury. A truck cabin rotation ergonomic unit has been installed for ergonomic access and fitment of parts to the truck cab.
Volvo also has an employee assistance program which provides an independent, professional counselling service to employees to assist in confidentially resolving personal and work related problems.
Approach to injury management
Volvo has company preferred practitioners who understand the types of roles and tasks performed within the organisation. The doctor educates staff that there are always light duties available.
The company also has a preferred occupational therapist who understands their business. At the factory, a ‘Green Cross’ reporting process is discussed at every morning team huddle to keep health and safety issues front of mind.
‘Take 5’ risk assessments also play a big role in reducing injuries in the workplace. All Volvo sites have Return to Work Coordinators.
Recover at work
On a recent work site visit to Volvo to discuss claims, premium and trends, WorkCover Queensland Customer Advisor, Carolina Hepplewhite presented the recover at work (RAW) program to National Safety Manager, Kyle Heiner; Safety and Environment Advisor, Noel Bramham; and Rehabilitation Coordinator, Kaye Morgan.
“We talked about the benefits to the industry within the state and how this will continue to reduce industry rates by keeping claims costs down and reducing lost time from work,” Carol said.
“Volvo believes that RAW is an excellent program that recognises employers of choice with a proven injury management and work safe approach which can directly influence the industry premium rate.”
“It’s about peers helping peers through, while broadly serving benefits to all of industry,” she said.
Volvo is now registered as a host employer in WorkCover’s Recover at Work program.
If you’d like information on injury management, or supporting an injured worker in their return to work, please contact us on 1300 362 128.