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Injury Prevention

Injury prevention at work is important for companies for many reasons:

  • Injuries cost money.
  • Injuries take time.
  • Injuries lead to workers’ compensation claims.
  • Injuries decrease productivity.
  • Most importantly, injuries take the company’s most valuable resource out of the workplace: their workers.

So how does a company lower injuries, even minor aches and pains?

Sprains and strains are one of the top workers’ compensation claims nationally and are preventable.  One of the most cost-effective ways to lower injuries, along with safety programs, is to partner with an onsite injury prevention specialist. This person can perform ergonomic assessment and consultation, injury prevention care, and job analysis, helping workers stay healthy at work.

An injury prevention specialist can be at the workplace for a few hours a week, or even full time. While this provider is onsite, they will see workers one-on-one who have reported soreness. Sessions can last 15 to 30 minutes. During these sessions, techniques and strategies to reduce soreness, including heat or ice packs, soft tissue work (massage), kinesiotape, and topical soreness-relieving gels can be used. The specialist will also educate employees on topics like modifying their work tasks, changing their posture and body mechanics, or using microbreaks during the workday to stretch. These strategies are allowed by OSHA for “first aid care” of employees who experience soreness or discomfort at work.

Ergonomic changes to the job and environment can also reduce workers’ risk of injury. Changes such as moving items closer to the worker, changing tools, moving heavy boxes and bins, and adjusting monitors can make big improvements in the comfort of the worker. Adding in a stretch program for all employees is another way an onsite provider can help. Employees stretching at work can encourage good posture and reduce soreness.

This combination, especially partnered with understanding of the type of work being performed, compassionate listening, and knowledge of OSHA guidelines for injury care, is highly effective for resolving workers’ soreness and returning them back to work quickly and without further injury.

Interested in hearing more? Check out our OnsiteWorks page or connect with us at info@iworkshealth.com.