Workplace Injury recovery by working | working for recovery
Work safety issues are important and have been recognized by the Australian government. People who suffer from workplace injuries may experience constrained physical abilities that also impact on their psychological state. This can limit their ability to manage and participate in their normal working life.
Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is the most common work related accident. It includes damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage or nerves, caused by direct injury as well as long term repetitive activity. The main MSD treatment is by physical treatment of the injured body part combined with controlled exercise to relieve injuries.
The proposed site has been selected based on the proportion of work injury claims in Victoria from the Greater Dandenong suburbs. A two-storey building in Springvale has been redesigned as a space of recovery as well as prevention of MSD. The inclined surfaces allow movement and exercise, while also acting as a workplace. The active space aims to create opportunities for physical exercise as recovery for people who suffer from MSD, while the spatial organization is designed to keep workers moving for the prevention of injury. Spaces also offer opportunities for psychological treatment through the journey to the rooftop and consultation spaces. The combination of active and quiet spaces benefit patients and their families, as well as caregivers.