The Well Workplace

Why a Medical Release to Return to Work “ain’t all that…”

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 19, 2022 10:50:33 AM

Return-to-Work Physical Abilities Testing in Workers’ Compensation Cases Changes the Game

After an injured worker has received medical treatment, physical therapy, – maybe even surgery - the release to work decision is typically made by the treating physician.

Is that a good thing? Not always…

The physician is deciding whether the injury is medically resolved or, in more chronic cases, whether the person has reached “Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).

Typically, that decision is based on some combination of x-rays, MRIs, physical examination of the injured body part, standards of clinical practice, watching the patient move, or…asking the patient if they feel “ready to go back to work.”

You might say the decision is based 20-30% upon objective information but a whole lot based on intuition.

But no one has EVALUATED whether the person still has the physical ability to do the job…

After all, the person did the job BEFORE the injury. Why can he/she/they do the job NOW?

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Logistics KPIs: How Pre Hire Assessment of Physical Abilities Helps Achieve Them…

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 12, 2022 2:43:10 PM

Pre Employment Testing of Applicant Physical Abilities Helps Logistics  Achieve KPIs

In the warehouse and logistics industry, it’s all about speed and accuracy. And the industry’s KPIs reflect those two factors:

Speed Related KPIs: On-Time Shipping – shows the percentage of shipments that left the warehouse on time. Inability to ship on time can create disappointed customers and decrease the likelihood that shipments make it to the customer in time for a pending event.

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The Stress of Heat Stress: How It Affects Your Workforce…

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 22, 2022 3:40:57 PM

heat stress

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Now that you've hired someone who can't do the job...what next?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 24, 2022 4:47:07 PM

If you think you just can't afford to do Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Testing with the current workforce shortage...what CAN you do to prevent injuries?    

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ISO 45001: Does It Relate to Injury Prevention?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 19, 2022 12:22:12 PM

Why the new ISO 45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety? 

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Supercharged Injury Prevention Strategies

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 6, 2022 1:48:33 PM





Attend this free live virtual workshop June 14th at 12:00 pm CDT to find out...

The ChallengeWhile many safety and risk professionals are struggling to prevent injuries…

There’s a small group who are decreasing injuries on a consistent basis…

And it’s not because they are better safety/risk professionals than you…

Or that they more of an expert than you – far from it.

It’s all because they are using a time-tested process proven to:

Determine the root cause of injuries
Identify customized injury prevention programs
Seamlessly implement those programs

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What do Job Analysis and the Three Little Pigs Have in Common?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Mar 8, 2022 9:28:46 AM

What does job analysis and the 3 little pigs have in common?

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Risky business: the hidden costs of workplace injury

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 24, 2017 10:58:49 AM

If your business hires workers for physically demanding jobs – and if your business is manufacturing, warehousing or transportation, you probably do – reducing the risk and expense of workplace injuries is a priority you can’t afford to ignore. And while accidents are sure to happen, 63 percent of the top ten workplace injuries identified by Liberty Mutual Research Institute are exactly the kinds of mishaps that pre-hire Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) is designed to help prevent.

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Minimize costly work-related injuries and mitigate financial risk with one easy step

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 7, 2016 2:51:43 PM

The bottom line is ultimately one of the most important things a business organization considers with every decision. As such, risky financial moves are often avoided. If your organization requires a labor force capable of physically demanding work, there is an easy way to mitigate financial risk: the implementation of Physical Abilities Testing.

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Three Strategies for Preventing Injuries in Food Production in 2016

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jan 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Food production employers put a lot of time, energy, and money into workplace injury prevention. However, since the food production industry has higher than average injury rates, employers in this field must pay particular attention to reducing them. The chief reason for this, of course, is to protect valued employees from harm. However, beyond that fundamental goal are other important considerations for any successful business – most notably, a financial interest in reducing substantial costs that come with work-related injuries.

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