Workplace ergonomic injuries are one of the easiest to prevent and mitigate as long as you recognize and address the symptoms in the early stages. And yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 28.8 percent of all nonfatal, lost-time occupational injury and illness cases in 2010, a four percent increase over the previous year. Lost-time injuries related to sprains, strains, tears, and back injuries accounted for 51 percent of the total cases. The result is a huge cost burden for American business which affects their competitiveness both domestically and globally.
You, may course, be asking “if they’re the easiest injuries to prevent, why are they so prevalent in today’s workplace?” And you would be right in asking such a question. At InjuryFree, our experience has been that companies have made great strides in preventing ergonomic injuries through awareness training, ergonomic software, and health and wellness programs. But once an injury occurs, the employee is often ‘lost’ to the healthcare industry, and in some cases, treated with traditional approaches that don’t take advantage of high-tech healing methods available today. American business which affects their competitiveness both domestically and globally.
Employee Maintenance Center = High-Tech Healing
An Employee Maintenance Center is staffed by certified healthcare professionals utilizing medical-grade diagnostic and healing technologies in the workplace. The concept that we have developed and implemented bridges the gap between a medical center and fitness center.
From a preventative standpoint, our biophysical testing process identifies potential musculoskeletal problems in workers (before an injury occurs) and a personal program is developed to strengthen, lengthen, and correct muscle imbalances that lead to workplace injuries. In many cases, the correction can be accomplished in a matter of weeks with no claim costs to deal with.
Fortune 500 Company Experiencing High EMC Utilization Rates
A client of ours, a division of a Fortune 500 company, is experiencing an 80% to 100% employee utilization rate amongst its 200+ employees even after 18 months of service. Incidentally, it has been 18 months since they had a reportable injury, ergonomic-related or otherwise, after a 30-year history of having 10 to 15 injuries a year – predominately MSDs. Our process is to maintain and improve worker strength gains, perform periodic biophysical tests to identify trouble spots, and utilize our ergonomic software to adapt the job to the worker.
If an ergonomic injury does occur, after the worker has been diagnosed by a healthcare professional, we can then rehabilitate the injured worker back into shape in conjunction with physician orders – all under your roof. You’ll be able to manage workers with musculoskeletal disorders, chart their progress with onsite technicians, and be able to make more informed personnel decisions. Workers on limited duty no longer have to leave the workplace to receive therapy; they simply visit the EMC to receive treatment. There are no co-pays, transit time, or long waits for treatment which benefits both the employee and employer.
Of course, we don’t have to mention the cost savings, productivity increases, and improved morale because HR managers are well aware of those benefits through decades of empirical safety and prevention data.
Find out how we can help you reduce cost and improve productivity and morale with an Employee Maintenance Center. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and cost-benefit analysis.