& Satisfaction with a Managed
Early Intervention Program
Sample Case Study
Average cost of rotator cuff surgery… $50,000
Cost of onsite early intervention…….. $500
Cost of ergonomic solution……………. $3,000
Total cost of prevention solution……. $3,500
POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS……….. $43,000
Companies have reported an average of 25% – 75% return on their investment with initiating effective ergonomic processes.
We Help You Minimize Work Injury Risk Exposure
An important element in positively addressing work-related musculoskeletal injuries is through Early Intervention strategies. This process is triggered by an employee report of musculoskeletal pain or discomfort. The employee’s complaint is evaluated by a licensed rehabilitation professional and an intervention/first-aid strategy is developed. This process includes a job assessment that identifies potential MSD stressors that could be linked to the employee’s complaints. Recommendations regarding work technique modification, exercises, first-aid, or ergonomic intervention are then determined. Follow-up would then occur on a weekly basis to assess improvement.
Injury Prevention Education
Safety education programs empower employees to understand and solve problems. Educational presentations are customized to meet the unique needs of the employer (supervisors and employees). We address topics such as work site stretching, back safety, musculoskeletal disorders, and ergonomics (office and industrial).
JOB FUNCTION TESTING (JFT)
The JFT is the first step employers can take in preventing injuries because it matches work and the worker. This ADA compliant functional test is used to determine an individual’s ability to safely perform the physical requirements of a specific job. Based on validated Job Function Descriptions (JFDs) to ensure job-relatedness, the JFT provides specific correlations between job demands and an applicant’s physical abilities. It can be used for hiring, job transfers, and return to work situations.
Ergonomic Analysis and Training
Employers are provided direction regarding existence of exposure to musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk and hazards. Using a functional and biomechanical approach, recommendations for eliminating risks of MSD injuries are identified to improve the safety of the work environment, overall productivity, and the health of the workforce. Application of various industry standards relative to occupational health, safety, and ergonomics are used as part of the analysis process. Educational presentations are customized to meet the unique needs of the employer (supervisors and employees). Topics such as work site stretching, back safety, musculoskeletal disorders, and ergonomics are offered.
Job Function Analysis (JFA)
A Job Function Analysis (JFA) is a comprehensive, objective, and structured process of evaluating the physical aspects of work, the worker, and the worksite. Applications for both office and industrial settings are utilized. The JFA process objectively quantifies, measures, and categorizes the active components of the job, including required movements, forces, weights, and postures. The data from the JFA can then be used to assist with development of Job Function Descriptions (JFDs), Job Function Tests (JFTs), ergonomic modifications, customized educational programs, and return to work programs.
For Safety Managers
Safety Managers gain systems and a team for effective work injury management and mitigation efforts.
Employers gain visibility and third-party assurance that employee concerns don’t escalate to recordables with timely employee symptom monitoring and regular reporting.
Did You Know?
MSD-related injuries can have a significant impact on your business. In 2003, $13-20 Billion was spent on MSDs alone. Read more on work injury facts and find out what simple actions you can take today to avoid the risks of MSD-related injuries to your operation and your employees.
Employers and Managers trust the Ege Team.
Results speak for themselves! A positive, successful safety culture connects everyone in the company around a common goal to measurably reduce near misses and incidents. It goes beyond following safety procedures and rules. Great cultures elicit safety buy-in from employees. Failure to address the early warning signs of musculoskeletal conditions will lead to higher injury rates, increased costs, greater levels of absenteeism, and an overall decrease in productivity – all of which impact an employer’s bottom-line.
Early Intervention is a key strategy that addresses the musculoskeletal health of a workforce. EI allows workers to go home healthy and happy so they can enjoy their lives.
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In the Press, In the Community
Reprinted from Ries, E., Working Solutions: PTs and Ergonomics, PT Magazine, Vol 12, No 9, September 2004, pp 38-44 with permission of the American Physical Therapy Association.
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