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Case Study

Nestlé Waters North America

Industry

Beverage distribution
& warehousing

company

2,000+ team members
across the US

Partners

Proud safety partner
for 5+ years

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The Challenge

When you have 2,000 drivers handling approximately 13,000 pounds of material and walking 10 miles every day, keeping those drivers safe and functional is a massive obstacle. This was the challenge facing Nestlé Waters North America.

“This isn’t a problem we can solve with traditional ergonomics or machinery,” says John Longo, director, Safety Health & Environment (SHE) at Nestlé Waters.

What the company needed was a program that could provide drivers with education, tools and training to help them navigate the varied physical and environmental obstacles they face on a daily basis.

Partners in Safety

So, about 5 years ago, Nestlé Waters partnered with Worklete to do just that.

“The Worklete team took on some tough challenges,” says Longo. “Not just with the development and application of safe movement, but collaborating with our safety team, front line workers and front line supervisors to further understand the real nature of our work along with different geographies and subcultures, and incorporate the employees’ input into the finished product and programs.”

According to Jennifer Jones, senior manager of SHE compliance, there was a near immediate positive impact among the newly trained front line champions. Champions are trained by Worklete, become leaders of the program, and in-turn train front-line employees on Worklete movement and protocols. It wasn’t long before the positive impact spread throughout the organization.

“Seasoned route employees returned after using the Worklete approach singing its praises,” she says. “The most common responses were, ‘less soreness’ and ‘less fatigue.’”

Motivated by that initial response, the company began to implement the program as part of its regular training protocols. But Longo knew that, in order to be effective, Worklete needed to a long-term commitment.

“It takes time for workers to adopt safe methods, see success and build on embedding it as a natural part of the way we perform manual handling,” the director explains.

Five years later, Worklete has become an integral element of the Nestle Waters’ safety culture. All drivers participate in a 5-minute Worklete weekly lesson and new hires go through the training immediately as part of initial onboarding. Thanks to the Worklete app and website, drivers have unlimited access to videos and online modules.

Jones is very pleased with the positive impact she’s seen since the partnership began.

Making an Impact at Work and at Home

“Although the focus is on applying the approach to work tasks, our employees use the approach in their personal lives as well like when picking up their children or coaching on the field, for example,” Jones says.

Longo adds that Worklete’s value is well understood by Nestle Waters’ employees.

“They feel the Worklete methods are relevant to their jobs and makes sense. They believe Worklete methods will help them avoid injury,” he says. “They understand that the job-specific Worklete techniques will keep them safe and make them stronger.” 

Case Study

Hub Group Trucking

Industry

Largest intermodal
trucking company in the US

company

2,500+ team members
across the US

Partners

Proud safety partner
for 2 years

Happy hub group champions

Seeking to Improve the Safety Culture

In late 2015, the freight management company, Hub Group Trucking, sought change. The company, which includes more than 2,500 employees nationwide, consistently aims to improve the quality of life of their employees. However, the company’s leaders recognized that Hub’s safety education was falling short.

They believed there must be a better way to address injury rates, related insurance costs and productivity losses, so drivers return home in the same condition in which they arrived to work. It was time to emphasize a culture of safety.

Two of Hub Group’s leaders, Luke A. Simendinger, Regional Vice President, and Ariel Orozco, Regional Operations Director, proposed a solution: Worklete, a company that fights injuries in the workplace by teaching the principles of optimal human movement mechanics.

A New Approach to Safety Training

Simendinger and Orozco had been impressed by the program, because the trucking and freight industry generally lacks sufficient safety education outside of driving. “Everything has always been about the truck,” says Orozco. “Drivers are taught to be safe and not hit anything. He was pleasantly surprised to learn how Worklete’s products and programs addressed more than just safety training. “This program doesn’t just teach you how not to get hurt,” he explains. “It teaches you how to place your body in a position that helps you get stronger while you work.

“It makes workers more aware of their bodies and movements - which makes them less likely to get hurt.”

Worklete’s programs emphasize learning the basics of proper human movement, and how to apply these principles to work-related tasks with greater safety and ease. This human movement training was developed after years of working with skilled athletes, leaders in physical therapy, sports medicine, as well as 1,000’s of individuals in physically demanding jobs, explains Worklete CEO, Benjamin Kanner. “The core concepts are then applied to meet the unique
demands of the company,” he says.

At Hub Group—which counts massive retailers like Amazon, Macy’s and Walmart in its robust client portfolio—the drivers apply the core concepts they have learned to job-specific functions, like opening and closing bay doors, unhooking trailers and raising and lowering landing gear - without damaging their bodies. “This is unheard of in our industry,” explains Orozco.

“Worklete has the ability to make the product fit the company, instead of trying to make the company fit the product. There aren’t many programs that are flexible in that way.”

Stronger, Happier Employees

During the 6 month Worklete pilot, zero injuries were reported, compared with sixteen injuries reported at the same terminals in the same time frame during the previous year.

Ryan Kotaka, manager at the Stockton, California terminal—one of the pilot program locations—is impressed with what he has seen. “It’s been really good. So far, we haven’t had any minor or major injuries,” he says. Kotaka adds that a significant percentage of his drivers report feeling better physically and that the work demands even feel less dicult to complete. He thinks that this is largely because Worklete has inspired the drivers to become more aware of how they move throughout the day. There’s also been a significant uptick in morale.

“The drivers are very appreciative,” says the Stockton manager. “They seem to be more loyal to us because they see that we do care about them and that we’re thinking of them long-term both on the job and in their personal lives. The culture here has definitely improved.”

Orozco explains, “It’s all about what we can do to retain employees. We care about giving them a good job. We also care about their quality of life while working here. Worklete shows we care. It’s an expense that pays back, 10, 20, 30, 100-fold.” He says that, as a manager responsible for hundreds of employees, Worklete has provided him with greater peace of mind. “I am very comfortable that these drivers can complete any task we throw at them—we’ve given them the education, abilities and tools to do it right and safe every single time. There are many organizations out there that can’t say that. But we can.”

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