At the trade fair stand of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture (SVLFG) at the International Green Week in Berlin from January 16 to 25, 2015 the entire focus is on a healthy back.

Relief for your back is provided by an ideally adjusted driver’s seat. This is demonstrated by the SVLFG on their campaign stage at the ErlebnisBauernhof (‚Farm Experience‘) in Hall 3.2. A vibration simulator mimics either driving a forklift truck, a wheel loader or an agriculture tractor. A display shows how the driver’s seat has to be adjusted to reduce the vibrations of the body and thereby minimise the stress on one’s back. Lifting and carrying also represent a permanent hazard to your back. The SVLFG demonstrates with a vacuum lifting device with a sack suction gripper how to quickly and efficiently handle sacks containing 50 kg of animal feed or seed. The ergonomic one-hand operation means that working with the device is not detrimental to one’s health. At the same time visitors are shown how much easier it is to use bags weighing 25 kg and to lift and carry them correctly or use an ergonomic sack trolley. Finally, visitors to the stand can train their balance as well as their back muscles and coordination on so-called pedalos. Employees of the SVLFG are of course ready and waiting to answer all questions on the Agricultural Social Insurance at stand number 107.

This Health & Security at Work 5 years plan stems from a participative approach. It concerns the large variety of French agricultural jobs and the whole set of agricultural bodies and presents the shared orientations of all its stakeholders for 5 years.

In a context of national consultation aimed at improving working conditions, the MSA’s entire network (35 MSA funds), supported by the Central Fund, has developed specific strategies implemented through national actions and regional or local projects. More than 600 Health and Security at Work experts (prevention advisers and occupational doctors) are at the core of this national policy and as close to the reality of practices as possible.

The Central Fund is responsible/in charge of the Plan strategic coordination, pooling and dialogue in order to promote prevention within agricultural enterprises and towards salaried workers, employers and farmers. The Central Fund also represents the institution before the other national partners. Read more!