Source: Cory Austin
Here’s a persuasive dollars-and-cents reason to raise the bar on workplace injury prevention, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research shows that companies with exemplary safety, health and environmental programs have outperformed the S&P 500 by between 3 and 5 percent, leaving no doubt that having safer, healthier workers is good for business.
What’s more, taking charge of work-related injuries couldn’t be timelier. The CDC notes that the costs of lost productivity because of chronic pain range from $11.6 to $12.7 billion annually. And as the American workforce ages, the need for action becomes greater; it’s estimated that by 2020, one in four American workers will be over 55.
So where do you begin to decrease costly musculoskeletal workplace injuries? Start by documenting your current conditions:
It all starts with a data analysis to determine the best injury protection methodology for your company’s needs. While some companies benefit from a mix of onsite education and offsite physical therapy (PT) services, the trend today runs toward onsite PT programs helmed by therapists who are specially trained in workplace injuries.
With a PT onsite who knows your company and your workers, employees are naturally drawn into taking action as concerns arise. A sudden pain or momentary discomfort is less likely to be ignored when there’s a familiar face steps away who’s ready to help. When therapists can address the symptoms with early intervention treatment, this also reduces the total claim cost and number of claims.
It also creates a better employee experience. Employees are typically far more comfortable talking to onsite therapists they see every day than to offsite medical staff. These therapists can observe workers, offer coaching right at the job area, and provide advice and support as injured employees return to their duties. And of course, they can help workers make sense out of hard-to-understand medical information.
The best news is that an onsite PT program can quickly and easily pay for itself, through fewer injury claims and faster recoveries. With the new WorkWell OnSite Flex Fit, your own claims data is crunched together with industry and proprietary data to identify the right mix of services for your workplace. To learn more, check out the CDC research or contact WorkWell today.