The Well Workplace

Physical therapy as an alternative to opioids in treating musculoskeletal injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Mar 15, 2017 1:54:41 PM

The use of opioid painkillers has skyrocketed to epidemic levels in the United States in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were enough opioid painkillers prescribed in 2012 for every American to have their own bottle (almost 260 million prescriptions). Opioids are highly addictive, and taking them can lead to dependence and overdose, which is now the primary cause of accidental death in the U.S.

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Physical Abilities Testing: How it can help or hurt your company’s reputation

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 14, 2016 3:53:12 PM

Recently, we have been looking at how Physical Abilities Tests can help mitigate compliance, operational and financial risk. In this post, we’ll address the ways that Physical Abilities Testing can affect an organization’s reputation

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Technology continues aim at improving workplace safety – but at what cost?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 26, 2016 3:35:45 PM

Just as the pedometer took over the workplace wellness initiatives of recent years, wearable technologies continue to make their way into the industrial workplace. In 2015, we reviewed some of the latest tools to be developed in an effort to increase workplace safety. As with everything else technology-related these days, the creation of these tools moves fast and furious, and there is already a slew of new tech-based tools appearing in factories worldwide, as recently noted by the Wall Street Journal.

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Anatomy of Slips, Trips and Falls

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 30, 2016 1:53:25 PM

Slips, trips and falls (STFs) can result in dangerous (even fatal) and costly outcomes. While these types of injuries can occur in many workplaces, there are certain industries that experience a higher incidence of STF’s:

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Protecting Your Workforce from Warehouse Injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Feb 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you’re looking to prevent warehouse workplace injuries, an ergonomically designed workplace and structured ergonomics training for employees is a great place to start. However, if your injury prevention program begins and ends right there, you're missing out on a key strategy that has been proven to reduce workplace injuries and the expenses that go with them: Physical Abilities Testing.

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How to Reduce Shoulder Injury Workers' Comp Claims

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Employers who invest in workplace health and safety programs are seeing measurable results in the reductions in workers' comp injuries, and as the numbers of employers making those investments has risen in recent years, nationwide rates of many common types of on-the-job injuries have fallen. However, according to an article published by Risk & Insurance Magazine, shoulder injuries are a notable exception to that trend, with some workers' comp experts seeing an upward tick in lost-time claims for these injuries. Others are seeing rates of claims for shoulder injuries remain stubbornly constant, even as the frequency of lost-time claims for injuries to most body parts fell by an average of 13.9 percent.

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I'll Drink to That: Avoiding Beverage Industry Workplace Injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Musculoskeletal injuries are a major issue in the beverage industry. According to a study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this industry has significantly higher rates of occupational accidents and injuries than the manufacturing industry as a whole, and more than double the private industry rate. Additionally, NIOSH states that nearly three-fifths of injury and illness cases in the beverage industry were serious enough to require time off from work.

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Consider the Consequences: Preventing Life-Altering, Though Non-Deadly, Injuries

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

In discussions about preventing workplace injuries, many of tend to categorize injuries into two types: fatal and non-fatal. On paper, the "non-deadly" injuries are the ones that occur, the claims are resolved, and the box is checked off. However, in many cases, things are not that simple in real life for the injured employee. Many workplace injuries, although not life-ending, are certainly life-altering incidents, and injured workers are left to contend with their disabling effects for the rest of their lives.

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Keep Your Balance: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Slips, trips, and falls rank among the leading causes of injury, accounting for more than 8.7 million injuries per year according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. According to BLS figures, slips, trips, and falls are a major concern in the workplace, accounting for nearly a quarter of all on-the-job injuries. The direct costs of these workplace injuries, according to a report published by Liberty Mutual, were more than $16 billion in 2014. These figures clearly establish slips, trips, and falls as an important focus area in employers' efforts towards preventing workplace injuries.

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Safety First: Focusing on Workplace Ergonomics

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Ergonomic injuries in the workplace are a significant problem, accounting for one-third of all days away from work injury cases in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What, exactly, are ergonomic injuries? They are musculoskeletal injuries or disorders – injuries that affect muscles, nerves, and tendons – such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and back, shoulder, and neck injuries, as well as other sprains and strains. They can be caused by factors that include lifting, bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, working in awkward body postures, and repetitive postures or movements in the course of an employee's daily work.

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