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  • 10:37 21 Jul 2015

    4 Innovative Ways To Improve Workplace Safety for Employees

    Source: NH Labor News

    There are many benefits that come along with being a U.S. citizen, including the major benefit of workers having the right to pursue meaningful employment opportunities that will provide the financial security needed to support their families across numerous communities throughout the nation. However, some important key factors for workers as they choose employment opportunities is their ability to be able to enjoy a safe, healthy and productive workplace environment, once they land the job.

    Workplace safety continues to be an ongoing challenge across a variety of industries, especially since there were 1,162,210 days-away-from-work cases related to injuries or illnesses reported in the private industry, state government, and local government sectors alone. With statistics like this, it’s no wonder that it’s vital for employers to continue to pursue the latest and best practices that will help them to improve the safety initiatives of their workplace.

    Adding to these concerns is the fact that there is a major labor shortage, placing added pressure on organizations to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace in an environment in which there is more work than workers. For example, just in the trucking industry alone, there are about 35,000 jobs that could be filled tomorrow if there was enough labor supply to support these positions. Given, the labor shortage challenges, companies now have to be even more aggressive in deploying the latest solutions that will help them to keep their workers productive and injury-free.

    The good news is….there are now forward-thinking organizations working hard to deliver these solutions, which are designed to significantly reduce workplace hazards, so that incidents don’t have to occur in the first place. With this in mind, below are the latest four ways to support workplace safety:

    • Onsite Ergonomics Solutions: Involves physical therapists before injuries occur (not just after occurrences), to work with employees, supervisors and management to understand workflow and all job task requirements. As a result, therapists are able to recommend optimum positions, ergonomic strategies and physical movements required at work stations to minimize musculoskeletal impact on the employee. 
    • On-the-Job Fitness Solutions: Engages employees in wellness tactics such as stretching, core muscle strengthening, endurance and coordination exercises that are specifically customized to improve areas of the body that are most engaged in performing work-related tasks.
    • Prompt Reporting:   Educates and engages employees to report any health concerns as soon as they notice any discomfort. Once these early notifications are reported to supervisors, they are able to immediately address the concern and respond with appropriate evaluations, diagnosis and/or medical care – before an injury occurs or becomes more severe.
    • Using A Managed Care Network of Imaging and Therapy Providers: If an incident occurs, it’s important for companies to already have a partner in place that can quickly deploy the most innovative providers of imaging solutions for thorough and accurate diagnosis. The partner should also be able to provide the best physical therapists who can quickly respond with the latest practices and best-in-class therapeutic solutions for workers. Thankfully, there are now organizations that have highly sophisticated managed care networks for imaging and physical therapy providers who are certified for ensuring the best possible care through return-to-work and stay-at-work programs.

    Reducing workplace injuries is easier than you think, given the latest solutions now available. By utilizing these innovative best practices, coupled with other workplace safety compliances, organizations can better protect their employees and ensure a strong and healthy workforce for years to come.

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