An assembly line employee — who was diagnosed at an early age with a severe condition that resulted in partial paralysis — was having difficulty moving to various workstations. Her health had declined to the point where she was unstable on her feet and could have risked a fall and/or other serious injury.
What do you do when you occasionally need a couple of strong backs to move a 200-pound portable generator to a different part of the warehouse? What about the pallet of boxes that weigh 75 pounds each? The Council for Disability Awareness’ Long Term Disability Claims Review listed musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders as the leading case of new disability claims in 2012. This can include injuries as a result of improper lifting techniques, which can result in cartilage sprains, spine and joint disorders, and herniated or degenerated disks.
The Council for Disability Awareness listed musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders as the leading case of new disability claims in 2012. This includes such conditions and diseases as arthritis, back pain and tendinitis.
Over my 30-year career in rehabilitation, I’ve worked with employers in hundreds of industries, each with unique questions and concerns when it comes to accommodating their employees. As a vocational consultant, it’s my responsibility to understand each employer’s specific needs and best recommend an individualized support plan to help bring employees back to work after a disability absence or stay at work through an accommodation.
Imagine a normal day at your workplace. Meetings, phone calls, production. Just another routine day. But then, the unexpected happens. An employee passes out mid shift, requiring serious medical attention.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Ben Franklin. Those of us in safety and health and wellness appreciate the wisdom behind this quote.