Functional Employment

How to Avoid Injuries in the Workplace

»Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Functional Employment | 0 comments

Having a safe working environment is vital for any employer. Not just because they want to avoid lawsuits, but because they also genuinely care about the health and safety of all their employees. When someone gets hurt or severely injured on the job, it’s a headache for everyone involved. Employers begin to double and triple check everything in the workplace to make sure it will never happen again, while employees lose confidence in their safety, making them less productive and unhappy in their workplace. When employees are unhappy this can lead to a high turn over rate, which can directly affect the ability of the company to operate in an efficient manner. Luckily, there is a viable solution to these issues in the form of WorkSTEPS, a company helping ensure the safety of employees and employers alike.  

WorkSTEPS has found a solution to help both employers and employees avoid these dangerous workplace accidents that everyone loathes. WorkSTEPS does this by doing pre-employment screening for new hires to make sure they’re in the proper physical condition for their line of work. They establish a baseline medical test which all new employees must pass to join the workforce. Meeting these requirements lowers the risk of injury significantly, saving both the employer and more importantly the employee, the struggle of dealing with injuries in the workplace. The medical baseline is established by finding out how demanding a particular job is and making sure new hires can perform required tasks consistently without the risk of harm to themselves or others. Those who pass these tests are significantly less likely to injure themselves in the workplace.

More often than not, workplace accidents are caused due to the physical unpreparedness of employees. When new hires use WorkSTEPS and pass the medical baseline test, workplace accidents related to back injuries decline by 84 percent at some businesses. WorkSTEPS often brings workplace injuries down by 50 percent in the first year alone and continues to lower them each year after. Back injuries at one company went from around 46 per year to about 5 per year. This change is enormous, both for employers and employees, and it saves them both pain and money, as well as allowing for a more productive workforce. When employees are healthy, and up to the job, injuries drop dramatically and makes it so that accidents in the workplace are almost nonexistent.

As time goes on, WorkSTEPS has focused less on performing these medical baseline tests, and more on finding out what the baseline for different jobs is. This helps employees avoid injury and aids employers in preventing injury claims on the job. Their continued work in this area allows for the high success rate we’ve seen WorkSTEPS have for employers in the past and looks to increase them even further in the future.

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