Lower Workers’ Compensation Costs with Injury Prevention and Ergonomics Training
Workers’ compensation costs are one of the highest expenses in most companies. Musculoskeletal injuries are the most expensive and disabling injuries in the workplace, costing US businesses billions of dollars per year.
Savvy companies looking for a way to put a stop to back, shoulder and other ergonomic injuries are using proven injury prevention programs that lower costs, lost work days and raise productivity.
Recent studies show that effective health and wellness programs have a high ROI – a $16 return for each $1 invested.
“…we cut sprains 40% in the first year and an additional 40% the second year, with a 60% net savings on sprain/strains.” – National Distribution Company
What is the Backsafe® Program?
The Backsafe® Injury Prevention Program prevents back, shoulder, neck and other ergonomic injuries. Workshops are customized for any job description (except office workers – see Sittingsafe®). These practical workshops are conducted on location and are designed to change employees’ physical behavior.
What is the Sittingsafe® Program?
Sittingsafe® uses the bionomic-based philosophy that one must do a physical skill to truly learn it. Practical workshops teach employees for the first time in their lives how to adjust any workstation for their specific needs. Employees usually don’t need additional or fancy ergonomic equipment or furniture. In many instances they just need to know how to correctly utilize what they have already. Employees gladly discover the true sources of their fatigue, discomfort and pain and learn how to immediately relieve it.
“I felt the training was outstanding and perhaps the best I have had since I have been with the company. I received the same type of feedback from multiple employees. A lot of skepticism before the training…a bunch of believers afterwards. The buzz in the plant has been very positive since. Guys are correcting each other when they see others not lifting or carrying properly. We need more types of training like this one. I truly believe more training like this will improve safety sooner than later. I don’t know how to explain it. He didn’t just show us proper techniques, he taught us how our bodies work and made it all make sense. The buzz was and still is very positive. Thank you again for this training.”
“I wanted to tell you the Sittingsafe training was excellent. We love Dr. Jo – she is dynamic, approachable and brings the subject matter to life in a way that makes it fun for participants. I got a lot of great feedback from the staff who attended yesterday. Everyone thought it was a great use of their time… I was truly impressed with the quality of the training. One thing is to look and read the training booklet and another is to experience the training. I just wanted to tell you that you have created a truly great platform for reaching across a wide group of employees to teach them valuable life skills on how to stay healthy at work. Thanks again.”
-Joanna, City of Concord
“We felt the training was very successful. Everyone seems to have enjoyed the training. Dr. James was an excellent instructor. He was the perfect choice for us. We have received multiple comments stating it was the best training they have ever had. Some comments included one supervisor advising us he has incorporated the stretches in the morning before his staff starts their day, another employee said he is doing the stretches throughout the day and has also shown his family the stretches. One student assistant said that he was very grateful to have been invited to the training since the skills he learned will help him his entire life.”
-Jill, CSU East Bay