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Tesco Distribution independent case study reveals ground breaking results


Bio mechanics study proves Pristine Condition manual handling training reduces risk factors for injury by up to 94%.

An independent bio-mechanics study, recently conducted in conjunction with Tesco Distribution, has revealed ground breaking results.

Key summary of results

Tesco Distribution Case Study Statistics

The purpose of the study was to objectively and technically measure the manual handling risk reduction when applying Pristine Principles across a number of key Tesco Distribution Centre manual handling tasks. Using ViSafe wireless motion sensor technology, the study measured movement and muscle activity when undertaking the tasks pre and post Pristine manual handling training.

The tests were undertaken across a range of tasks comparing the outputs both before and after Pristine Condition manual handling training. This included the loading and pulling of cages, and loading, unloading and stacking pallets. The results were exceptional. Objective data quantified the advantage of Pristine Condition principles in reducing risk for injury across all tasks assessed as ranging between 35% and 94%, in particular reducing muscle demand by up to 73%.

Tesco Distribution had historically followed the same route as many other companies - following HSE guidance and hierarchy of controls. However, because that approach ofen fails to properly address the issue of incorrect technique then predictably manual handling incidents were still prevalent, causing injury to colleagues and cost to the business.

Tesco took the initiative to employ Pristine Condition to create a bespoke training programme, to address manual handling incidents across their Distribution Centres. For the first time ever Pristine Condition brought Olympic weightlifing techniques to industry, dispelling many myths and fallacies, and introducing realistic, achievable Principles and control measures.

Simon Pritchard, Tesco Distribution Safety Risk Manager said:

“Pristine has a fantastic approach towards manual handling challenges and their training has led to a significant reduction in accidents, injuries and claims for Tesco.” Since implementing the Pristine Condition Programme, Tesco Distribution have achieved a 60% reduction in manual handling incidents and are leading the way for supermarkets in manual handling best practice."

Says Davy Snowdon MBE, Founder and Managing Director of Pristine Condition, added:

“Not only have we brought factual knowledge to industry but moreover the practical application in any given situation. This knowledge, which has always been lacking, self-perpetuates through workers, supervisors and managers. Everyone knows how to do the tasks correctly and the results our clients are achieving are unprecedented. We are thoroughly delighted to be working with Tesco and want to give full credit to their managers and colleagues who have fully bought into and supported the Programme.”

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