Pre-employment physical tests can be crucial in making sure that employees can handle the physical demands of their jobs before they’re hired. Tests also establish baseline information for managing the employee’s health, and handling disability claims in the event of injury.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) had a problem. In just a single year, the agency lost 3,027 work days to injuries and turnover.
Every employer wants to fit the worker to the job. Where the job has significant physical requirements, the employee’s physical ability to do the work is crucial. Yet too often, employers simply take a look at potential hires and decide on the spot if they are strong enough, limber enough, etc., to succeed, risking re-injury.