A company with an ergonomics partner, early reporting, and an onsite injury prevention specialist can reduce injuries and improve worker job satisfaction.
Your company may have multiple resources available to your employees for maintaining and improving their health and wellness. Perhaps there is an emergency response team for injuries that involve blood, breaks, or trauma. There may be a nurse call line offered through your health insurance or work comp insurance carrier, or both, for personal and work injuries. Or a general health wellness app or website your employees use to learn more information regarding their personal health conditions. You may even have monthly wellness events, trainings, or online webinars. All of these are aimed at improving and maintaining employee health.
Resources like a nurse call line, emergency response team, and apps, training, and webinars are great tools to have at your company’s disposal. However, most of these tools are utilized after an injury or illness has already happened. This reactive approach is a “too little, too late” response. The injury has already happened. A new approach encourages companies to install programs that aim at preventing injuries from ever happening.
How can companies prevent injuries from happening?
- Ergonomics: An ergonomics partner that can spot the motions, work processes, or tools that may lead to an injury is the first step. Knowing how to change, or reduce, these factors is the next step and will benefit the worker to reduce discomfort and increase efficiency when working.
- Early Reporting: When employees are encouraged and supported in speaking up when they have minor aches and pains, muscle soreness, or discomfort, the company can work quickly to get the employee care right at the workplace. A company with an early reporting program can make improvements for their workers, which makes workers feel valued.
- Onsite Injury Prevention: An injury prevention specialist can assess workers who have reported minor aches and pains, muscle soreness, or discomfort. They can see workers one-on-one right at work. Applying a hot or cold pack, coaching in dynamic movement, applying kinesiotape, and observing the worker while working can help reduce soreness and the worry that the soreness will become a true injury.