Safety in the workplace starts with good information, translated into good practice. Recently the management staff at the Belfast Co-Op joined Sally Miles of Allen Insurance and Financial and Maureen Anderson, an ergonomist from MEMIC, the workers’ compensation insurance company, for a safety workshop designed especially for the Co-op workplace.
They discussed sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, material handling and posture. The main theme was the “Power Zone,” which is close to the body, between mid-thigh and mid-chest height − where the arms and back can lift the most with the least amount of effort and with a lower risk of injury.
“Preventative measures such as regular safety meetings can make a real difference for our workers in the long run,” said Doug Johnson, co-op general manager. “We’re pleased Allen Insurance and MEMIC took the time to introduce us to this valuable resource.”