With 23,000 employees, 2 Sisters Food Group is one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, from chicken to cookies, and pizzas to pies. They are on a mission to deliver great quality and innovative meal ideas each and every day.
However it is a challenging environment in which to work, with a high volume of outputs from raw materials to products delivered. With a wide range of repetitive activities, sustained postures and manual handling tasks, the risk of musculoskeletal disorders can be high, potentially causing employees to be placed on restricted duties or even cause periods of sickness absence.
Connect Health Ltd was commissioned to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
Connects’ occupational health physiotherapy service addresses the health and wellbeing needs of all employees. From on-site proactive, preventative health and wellbeing services, which includes specific risk assessments that provides improvements through to rehabilitation services supporting employees with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) and longterm absence.
An initial pilot service commenced at 2 Sisters Food Group, Fox’s Biscuit Kirkham site in November 2014. Onsite occupational health physiotherapy services were delivered, resulting in reduced sickness absence in the first 5 months of 40%.
Following this success, it was extended to a further two sites in Sandycroft, North Wales and Witham, Essex in August 2015. Connect now works across a number of different 2 Sisters Food Group production sites throughout the UK.