Fit For Work Blog

Injury Prevention & OSHA Reporting Rules

Published Aug 9, 2016 10:30:50 AM posted in OSHA, Injury Prevention

Recently, OSHA noted that electronic reporting will be mandatory for many companies next year, and that employers will be expected to file regular reports instead of providing information upon request.

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Infographic: Back Pain Strains Employers' Gains

Published Jul 20, 2016 10:18:00 AM posted in Injury Prevention, Back Pain, Infographic

Back pain is so prevalent in U.S. workforces that it might as well become a budget item. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), back pain is second only to headaches in terms of frequency, and the costs from lost productivity can be formidable. 

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How Injury Prevention Can Prevent Back Pain

Published Jul 18, 2016 3:25:44 PM posted in Injury Prevention

Back pain is one of the top reasons that people miss work—and that can lead to lost productivity, lowered employee morale, higher health costs, and more workman's comp claims. But what if you could go back in time and prevent the back issue from happening in the first place?

Consider injury prevention your company's time machine.

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Addressing Back Pain in Your Aging Workforce

Published Jul 14, 2016 10:55:23 AM posted in Injury Prevention

Back pain is so prevalent in U.S. workforces that it might as well become a budget item. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), back pain is second only to headaches in terms of frequency, and the costs from lost productivity can be formidable.

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Injury Prevention Stretching – Worth It?

Published Jul 8, 2016 2:00:17 PM posted in Injury Prevention

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are injuries or dysfunctions affecting muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartliages, etc.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2014 the leading nature of injury or illness was sprains, strains, or tears at a rate of 38.9 cases per 10,000 full-time workers.  The median required days away from work was 10 days for this group.

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How Injury Prevention Knocks Out Opioid Abuse

Published Jun 28, 2016 11:42:06 AM posted in Opioid Abuse, Injury Prevention

Opioids are usually prescribed to control pain, often after an injury or surgery. But easy availability and tolerance development are driving addiction levels so high that the Centers for Disease Control has declared an opioid abuse epidemic.

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Opioid Abuse: A Sprain Can Cause More Damage than You Think

Published Jun 20, 2016 11:36:55 AM posted in Opioid Abuse, Injury Prevention

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Fully Insured vs. Self Insured: Myths about paying for prevention

Published May 20, 2016 2:24:42 PM posted in Injury Prevention, Insurance

It comes up quite often in conversations with our clients and potential clients that, for companies that are self-insured, paying for preventative initiatives is in your best interest. The thought is since you are managing your own money, it makes sense to do what you can to reduce costly claims. This suggests that, in a fully insured situation, clients are not managing their own money—and thereby not managing the costs of claims. 

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Wrinkles on the Inside

Published Apr 29, 2016 12:06:39 PM posted in Injury Prevention

Billions of dollars are spent each year on high-tech imaging of body parts via MRIs. As a result, millions of people are diagnosed with terms that often sound downright scary. Things like Degenerative Disc Disease, Partial-thickness Rotator Cuff Tear, or Lytic Spondylolisthesis.

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Perception Matters

Published Apr 28, 2016 2:33:57 PM posted in Injury Prevention

What determines the cost of soft tissue claims? Severity of injury is certainly one of the factors. But ultimately the injured employee is the one in control. And the more severe the subjective complaints are, the higher the severity and, thus, the cost to you.

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