Fit For Work Intervention and Ergonomics Programs are Proven to Reduce Incident Rates and Cut Costs

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Veolia Environmental Services (VES), the world’s largest waste services company with over 100,000 employees providing solid waste management, hazardous waste management, and industrial maintenance and cleaning, recently piloted Fit For Work programs at their Illinois sites. Wesley Salmons of VES led the pilot and reports success, “Since the beginning of the Fit For Work pilot we have seen nearly a 65% drop in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recordables.”

There aren’t any other companies out there doing what Fit For Work is doing; their cutting edge thinking, incredible staff and vast knowledge and experience yield great results.

Veolia Environmental Services (VES), the world’s largest waste services company with over 100,000 employees providing solid waste management, hazardous waste management, and industrial maintenance and cleaning, recently piloted Fit For Work programs at their Illinois sites. Wesley Salmons of VES led the pilot and reports success, “Since the beginning of the Fit For Work pilot we have seen nearly a 65% drop in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recordables.”

Fit For Work, a San Antonio-based Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine firm, uses a comprehensive, onsite early intervention and ergonomics program to reduce work related incident rates at manufacturing plants which will increase productivity and lower costs for companies. Fit For Work uses a combination of occupational and physical therapists, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, and board-certified professional ergonomists to provide a proactive model of prevention and early intervention to reduce costs of worker’s compensation, and eliminate lost time due to injury.

On October 20, 2011 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) depicted an overall decline in the total number of workplace injuries and illnesses between 2009 and 2010. However, the BLS also noted that manufacturing was the only private industry to report an increase in the incident rate of injuries and illnesses during that same timeframe. The increase in incident rates in the manufacturing sector is due to manufacturers looking to produce more items, while minimizing labor costs. This leads to employees working longer shifts and/or additional days, which results in inadequate rest times. This decrease in rest times can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive stress injuries such as strains, sprains, and nerve compression injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Fit For Work provides companies with a solution to the rising work related incident rates. Fit For Work’s early intervention program will help prevent and reduce the incidences and severity of musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive stress injuries, recognize the signs and symptoms before the injury occurs, and prevent and reduce the frequency of these injuries. An onsite ergonomics program provided by Fit For Work accomplishes this through the utilization of cost-effective engineering, administrative, and/or behavioral controls. Following the manufacturing mindset of preventive “equipment” maintenance, early intervention affords employees the opportunity to address musculoskeletal issues when they begin and not as their “equipment” fails.

“Fit For Work employees have gone above and beyond to make sure our employees completely understand the new programs, why we are utilizing them and how they will benefit,” states Salmons. “I was amazed at how quickly the Fit For Work team was able to garner trust and respect from our workers; this was because they were all so well versed in our industry. This paired with 100% backing from VES top management made our pilot a success.”

Salmons presented the Fit For Work pilot results to top management at a corporate VES meeting earlier this month. “There aren’t any other companies out there doing what Fit For Work is doing; their cutting edge thinking, incredible staff and vast knowledge and experience yield great results.”

For more information about Fit For Work’s services, please visit WellWorkForce.com.

About Fit For Work:
Fit For Work is a privately held Occupational and Industrial Health practice developed around a model of prevention and early intervention. Founded in 1998, Fit for Work continuously seeks to provide large and small employers alike with a non-traditional service model. This model combines a progressive approach to injury prevention and treatment based on an underlying and proven principle that putting the right worker in the right place in as safe a manner as possible results in decreased costs, decreased injuries, increased profitability and increased productivity. For more information, please visit wellworkforce.com.

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