Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers is considerably higher than injuries that occur in other occupations. Back, shoulder, knee, and other musculoskeletal (muscle, joint, and bone) problems are the most common injuries and make up over one-third of all lost workday injuries and nearly half of all compensation claims.
Atlas knows how hard work can cause stress on your workers’ bodies and minds, often leading to health and safety risks that can spiral out of control. We help you improve worker readiness, optimize safety and productivity, with significant cost savings through a comprehensive approach to injury prevention and worker well-being.
We start with a customized approach
For every stakeholder on a construction project site, cost containment and safety are the primary objectives—which is why Atlas has built a unique construction-specific approach to include the broadest suite of solutions available, customized by client and site.
We help you hire more effectively
Physically demanding jobs and high turnover can lead to employees reporting injuries shortly after hire. Atlas helps you understand the physical requirements of your jobs, but more importantly, ensures job applicants can safely complete the essential functions of the job they are applying for before you hire them. Best of all, we do so in a proven, legally complaint way.
- Job Demands Analysis: Our analysis ensures your company has the necessary data to support ADA-compliant job descriptions, accommodation requests, return-to-work analysis, and to support physical ability screen programs (post-offer and return-to-work).
- Post-offer Pre-employment Physical Ability Screens: Our screening process ensures job applicants can safely complete the essential functions of the job before they are hired.
We help you avoid injuries
Employee Care - We provide care when an injury or discomfort occurs, which is critical to mitigating injury rates, controlling a claim, and reducing lost time. Often, workers seek treatment in local emergency rooms or clinics because they don't know where else to go. We provide personalized care that can often be effective without the need for outside medical treatment and its related costs.
- 24/7 Telephone Nurse Triage: Telephonic care is provided for all injury types through our partnership with TriageNow. Uniquely, we can link this service to our early intervention specialists to address musculoskeletal symptoms and their root causes more effectively than simply sending an employee to Urgent Care or an Emergency Room.
- Early Intervention Services: These services address musculoskeletal discomfort and injuries through OSHA-allowable first-aid measures and job-site coaching. Services can be provided onsite (full- or part-time) or performed at a local clinic (as needed).
- Atlas Soft Tissue Management (STM™): Any worker experiencing an increased awareness of heaviness, tightness, fatigue, or discomfort can benefit from Atlas STM™. By providing OSHA-allowed deep tissue massage, injury progression is halted or slowed and medical treatment and recordability can be avoided.
Jobsite Coaching - We educate, promote and coach for behavioral change. Our onsite team members utilize scientifically validated Behavioral Change Theory to accommodate the realities of the workforce in a nondisruptive approach (pre-shift, toolbox talks, group, and one-on-one).
- Stretching: Used to reduce muscle strain, increase blood flow, and help alleviate minor discomfort associated with repetitive motion, forceful activities, or static/awkward postures.
- Injury Prevention and Movement: Used to avoid and prevent the common musculoskeletal conditions or symptoms that workers routinely experience. Injury prevention coaching covers the fundamentals of proper body mechanics and movements.
- Mindfulness: Used to improve situational awareness. Many workplace injuries or accidents that are not musculoskeletal in nature can be linked to lack of awareness or focus (slips, trips, falls, or caught-in and struck-by scenarios). Mindfulness coaching is a way to improve a worker’s focus and attention by learning to recognize inattentiveness and become aware the present moment.
- Health and Wellness: Used to help workers improve the behavioral health risks that are considered to be the leading causes of chronic disease, and to reduce risky lifestyle issues that could impact health and safety.
We reduce the cost of injuries
No injury prevention solution or program is perfect, and injuries will occur. When they do, Atlas provides a variety of solutions to minimize cost and risk, and make sure your workers are provided convenient high-quality care.
- Return-to-work Physical Ability Screens: We ensure they can safely complete the essential functions of their job after a medical release.
- Onsite Physical Therapy: We provide physical therapy within your operations to make employee access easier, significantly reduce the cost of treatment, and provide a higher level of service based on a better understanding of the work to be completed. Services can be provided full- or part-time.
- Electrodiagnostic Functional Assessments (EFAs): We provide baseline and post-loss EFAs, which are provided through a partnership with Emerge Diagnostics, to confirm if a change in physical condition has occurred after an injury has been reported.
We provide 24/7 nationwide support
No matter where you work, Atlas is there. We have partnered with a select group of the best professionals across the country. Chances are there’s an Atlas professional in your community. It’s our commitment to keeping your people injury-free and your business on track.
Contact us today to learn more about our construction industry injury prevention solutions.