By Nicole Chaudet, Executive Director, Product Execution
Launching injury prevention and treatment programs in your workplace is one of the best ways to protect your most valuable asset: your employees. Losing workers due to on-the-job injuries can result in significant disruptions and costs to your company. In fact, last year workplace injuries cost employers nearly $60 billion a year.
Why injury and prevention treatment?
Focusing on the health and safety of employees, by addressing work and non-work related physical capabilities, can optimize your workforce—and lower the cost of injury and illness.
Injury prevention and treatment programs help employees reach optimal performance and remain viable and productive, while helping your organization:
- Achieve total worker health solutions
- Create a culture of safe practices for work, home and recreation
- Improve workplace safety and health
- Increase productivity
- Integrate with other health management and corporate fitness programs
- Lower worker’s compensation claims and costs
- Reduce Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims
- Reduce turnover
Case in point: A safe workplace is sound business
Here is one example of how our Injury Prevention and Treatment programs worked to help reduce illness and injuries at a manufacturing company with an employee population of 5,000.
Issue: Our client, a manufacturing company, experienced an increase in injuries and illnesses in new hires, resulting in increased OSHA recordable rates; worker compensation costs; absenteeism; short- and long-term disability; and high turnover.
Our analysis determined the following root causes of injuries and illness:
- Employees were deconditioned.
- The functional abilities of the employee did not match the essential job demands of the work performed.
- Employees had little to no time to learn the work techniques or receive guidance in the most effective work behavior.
- Less than optimal safe work practices were being used.
Based on findings, we implemented the following solutions:
- A post-offer, pre-employment testing process to determine if an employee’s functional abilities matched the job demands.
- A new hire work conditioning program utilizing a mock line for conditioning in order to perform the work using safe practices.
- Workstation ergonomics to assist in new work tasks and to teach optimal safe practices.
- An early intervention program to encourage early reporting of discomfort and initiation of first-aid intervention when indicated, as well as guidance in self-management to alleviate pain prior to need for escalation to medical.
- First year: OSHA recordable rates reduced from 48 to 19.
- Second year: Reduced from 19 to 12
- Cost avoidance: $12,000 to $25,000 per case.
- Results also included a 30 percent increase in the number of coaching and early intervention sessions, indicating employees recognized and reported signs and symptoms earlier.
Contact us to learn more about our Injury Prevention and Treatment programs.
About the author:
As Executive Director, Product Execution, Nicole is charged with leading the team that takes new products, services and product enhancements to market. She has been delivering employee wellness programs and solutions, both on-site and in a consultative role, for more than 20 years. She has served in several roles at HealthFitness, including program manager, fitness operations and regional director.