SWEDEN: the factory is closed while the employees learn how to fall correctly

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Falls are the main causes of occupational injuries in Sweden. To prevent these risks, the firm Proplate has introduced training so that its employees may develop their balance and strength, and to acquire falling techniques.

Each Thursday for 10 weeks, production will halt and more than 100 square metres of judo mats will be placed in the factory’s large machinery room. Training is provided by four judo instructors, in accordance with a programme developed jointly by the Swedish judo society and AFA Försäkring which brought together a doctor, an occupational therapist and three physiotherapists.

“It is extremely important to prevent injuries, and this training provides good physical exercise while being amusing”, says Max Björk, Proplate’s CEO. More generally, the goal is also to reduce sick leave and the costs of healthcare and rehabilitation for employers and for society in general.

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