The Well Workplace

Work-Related Injuries in Beverage Distribution:  Can they be prevented?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 20, 2021 9:44:48 AM

This is the introduction for a five-part series on why injuries occur in the beverage distribution industry and how they can be prevented.

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Five Questions to Help You Determine Whether Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Testing Is Right for Your Organization?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Feb 10, 2021 12:47:48 PM

Hands of warehouse worker lifting box, horizontalPre-hire Physical Abilities Testing is a GREAT tool for reducing injuries and costs – often as much as 50-75% within the first 1-2 years of testing.  However, it isn’t right for every organization.   If you’re considering doing Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Testing (PAT), but aren’t sure whether it will benefit your organization, consider these five questions to help you decide: 

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Maximizing the Benefits of Your Pre-Hire Fitness for Duty Testing

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 30, 2020 1:28:26 PM

PAT savingsOur clients tell us that one of the most valuable things we do is to help them track the outcomes of their pre-hire testing programs. After all, how do you know if your testing is reducing injuries and work comp costs if you don’t periodically evaluate the before and after picture?

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How Much Is It Costing You Daily to NOT Do Pre-Hire Physical Ability Testing?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 10, 2020 12:57:53 PM

Before starting pre-hire/post-offer Physical Abilities Testing (PAT), several ErgoScience clients expressed concern about starting the program in the middle of their “busy” season.  Or starting testing in a tight labor market.  Others were concerned about the “slow down” it might create in their hiring process.  We frequently hear concerns from organizations that need to hire quickly.

flushing-money  But when they looked at their total annual workers’ compensation expense and broke it down into a daily number, these companies quickly realized that to delay starting pre-hire PAT – for any reason -  just didn’t make sense.   Some were spending $5,000, $7,500, $10,000 per day or more!  

Do you know your daily number?  Have you done the calculations to know your annual cost for strains and sprains and slips trips and falls?  (Yes, include slips, trips and falls if you test with ErgoScience.  We include balance testing in our PAT which dramatically lowers the number of slips, trips and falls and their associated costs for our customer.)  

Calculate a daily work comp expense number.  If you don’t know the costs but know the number of lost-time injuries, just take that number and multiply it by $40k (the average cost of a lost time strain or fall) to determine the direct cost. And then multiply that number times 1.2 to get the indirect costs.  Then add those 2 numbers together.  Yes, the average total cost of a lost time injury is over $80K!

Then break your annual number down into monthly, weekly and daily costs.  Chances are that when you do, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised with a number you’d rather not see.  And a number you don’t have to see - if you start pre-hire PAT.  ErgoScience case studies show that our clients reduce work comp costs among new hires by 50-70% within the first year of testing.  

ErgoScience makes starting the testing painless.

  • Depending on the number of jobs you want to test, ErgoScience can get you set up for testing in 2-4 weeks. 
  • We can do both the job analysis and the testing remotely via a telehealth approach to minimize the exposure of your associates and job applicants, if you prefer. 
  • Your associates’ involvement in the set up of testing, is minimal.  ErgoScience does all the heavy lifting, (pun intended).
  • Our Account Representatives take the burden of scheduling the test off of your talent acquisition team.  All you do is request the test, and we take it from there.

Your Hiring Process Won’t Experience Delays

  • Our average turn-around from time the test is requested to having the report at your fingertips is 3 days, if the applicant is sent to a clinic.  
  • If you’re doing remote testing, you can have the test conducted the same day as your job offer if you want.  It doesn’t get any faster than that.

Your Fail Rate Won’t Stymie Your Operations

  • Our average fail rate ranges from 5-9%, depending on the difficulty of your jobs and the make up of your hiring pool.  So, for every 100 people you hire, you’ll have to interview and make an offer to 5-9 more.  
  • Compare that to hiring those 5-9 people, having them get injured within weeks or months of joining your company, doing all the administrative functions that surround documenting and following up with an injured worker.  And on top of all that, having to hire their replacements anyway.  
  • It just seems like a merry go round that you’d want to get off.
The bottom line?  Chances are you’re spending more money every single day for work comp injuries than you need to be.  How much new goods or services does your company have to sell to get that income back?  For most, it’s millions of dollars of new sales.  You really can’t afford to delay. 
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I like strong butts- I cannot lie....

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Aug 31, 2020 8:00:43 AM


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Years of Experience May Make Truck Drivers Less Physically Qualified To Do The Job

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Aug 26, 2020 7:40:50 AM

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Are Physical Ability Tests Worth the Cost?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Does using a physical ability test really reduce workplace injury—and create return on investment?

Every decision you make for your business affects its bottom line, so the return-on-investment question is vital. 

Employees are a business’s most valuable asset—and often its largest expense. Finding just the right workers with just the right mix of skills and work ethic is a challenge. And in positions with high levels of physical stress and strain, the right level of physical ability is equally important to productivity and the bottom line. 

Mis-hiring—placing a person in a position for which they are physically unsuited—will inevitably result in increased on-the-job injuries.

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Useful Facts on the Cost Effectiveness of Pre Hire Screening

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 21, 2020 9:55:57 AM

Physical Ability Testing

Containing the everyday costs of doing business is central to the profitability of any company, no matter what industry you're in. Well-run organizations project the potential return on investment for each cost reduction strategy that they are considering. For employers with physically demanding jobs, a budget line item that often gets attention is the one associated with workers' compensation expense. A variety of well-known approaches to reducing that expense exist, ranging from safety and training programs to claims management.

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Nuclear Verdicts: How Trucking Companies can reduce their Risk

Posted by Justin Shepherd
Jun 29, 2020 2:20:18 PM

Nuclear Verdicts

Nuclear verdicts are a hot topic in the trucking and transportation industry, and for good reason. In 2010 there were less than 10 cases against trucking companies with a verdict over $1 million; in 2011 there were nearly 60, and there hasn’t been less than 30 in a year since then. And it’s not just the number of cases that’s increasing, but the amount of the verdict. The average verdict in 2010 was $2.3 million; in 2018 it was $22.3 million 1.
A single finding against a trucking company can be catastrophic, at times even forcing their closure. With that in mind, is there anything a company can do to reduce the risk that one of their drivers will be involved in one of these cases? The answer is: Absolutely!

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Driver Wellness: Stress

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 24, 2020 7:35:53 AM

Many drivers don’t want to admit that they’re stressed because they see that admission as a sign of weakness. But commercial driving is a stressful occupation. And there’s no question that stress causes physical effects on the body, including chronic pain and fatigue. Stress day-in and day out means that a commercial driver’s body is in often in a fight-or-flight mode, which releases stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline. And if the stress is continuous, it can lead to burnout and a lack of motivation, which often results in feeling tired even after short periods of driving.

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