Ibstock Brick Ltd

Company profile

  • No. of employees: 50
  • Business sector: Manufacturing
  • Business activities: Brick making
  • Location: West Sussex
  • Stakeholders: Employees, managers, shareholders

Working with an osteopath to taking a new approach to manual handling injuries, the company has reduced injuries and absences, benefiting employees, managers and the company.

The challenge

Brick making involved the rapid, repetitive handling of bricks. Manual handling was known to be the most significant cause of workplace injuries; the company bought new equipment and engaged an osteopath.

What did the company do?

Business benefits

Health and safety benefits

'We've fewer shorthanded teams which has helped to reduce stress. We're achieving higher productivity and can spend more time on further improvements!'

Ray Austin, Site Manager

Cost benefits

£270,000 has been spent on new equipment (with a working life of at least 15 years) designed to reduce manual handling hazards. The cost of the external osteopath is £8,500 over 2 years (for training and treatment).

By reducing the number of manual handling injuries Ibstock Brick has been able to increase brick production by at least £20,000 a year. Added to this are savings in costs associated with staff turnover, the reduction in time spent on managing production with short-handed teams, and reductions in potential civil claims from injuries. Production up £20,000 a year

These savings have enabled the initiative to pay for itself over the lifetime of the new equipment.


The Production Director supported the project and the Group Health and Safety Manager gave expert advice.

Worker involvement

At each stage of the initiative, feedback from the workforce has helped the scheme to improve. Production crews themselves have found solutions to problems that had affected their work for years.

Updated 2022-01-07