Attempting to engage the site workforce into good nutrition and fitness is not something that many believe can be achieved in the workplace, so we set out to dispute this fact.
We had already had a nutritionist visit site to give valuable information to our operatives, and I took this another step further with the use of monitoring part of the site in their daily activities.
By getting operatives engaged and showing what they actually achieve in terms of fitness in the workplace has revealed some amazing results. We need to combat heart disease and the rise in diabetes, and as a responsible employer can look at who is achieving this and recognising those who do not.
We could look at the data provided, even myself as site manager in a traditionally office based role walked 7,000 steps a day, this equated to over 4.5 kilometers or climbing 23 floors.
Our survey showed that plant operatives such as the forklift drivers were putting themselves at risk by not getting enough daily exercise, our forklift operator only walked 1.2 kilometres whereas our site joiners walked 11,000 steps covering over 7 kilometres. With this, we discussed out of work exercise to plant operators to address this and raise awareness.
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