Study Shows Driver Pre-Work Screens Can Yield 25-to-1 ROI


Release: Immediate
Date: Dec 18, 2009
Media Contacts:  
James Landsman
Atlas Ergonomics
(616) 844-6322

Grand Haven, MIDecember 18, 2009—A two-year study by Atlas Ergonomics showed that systematic physical screenings of truck drivers prior to hiring led to a 7% reduction in lost work days, saving a long-haul carrier company $28 million in just two years – a return of $25 for every dollar spent on the program.

From 2007 to 2009, Atlas Ergonomics screened approximately 20,000 driver candidates for a long-haul truckload carrier. The study, part of Atlas’ ongoing research into transportation industry ergonomics, reviewed and quantified the effects of a Pre-Work Screen (PWS) program in addressing drivers’ risks of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

MSDs are especially costly for the commercial transportation industry. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Washington State Department of Labor spotlight the industry’s high rates of overexertion injuries. Combined with a high level of employee turnover, these injuries cost trucking companies millions of dollars annually in direct and indirect injury expenses.

The study demonstrated that, by appropriately assessing drivers’ physical risks before hiring, a PWS program based on current ergonomic science can match workers’ physical abilities with the physical demands of the job, demonstrably reducing injuries and resulting costs.

With a focus on trends in injury rates and the costs associated with implementing the program, the Atlas study showed that a direct impact on core risk can be achieved through a scientific, systematic PWS program – ultimately returning the employer many times more than its initial investment.

A copy of the white paper is available for free from Atlas Ergonomics by requesting a copy of the document at

About Atlas Ergonomics, LLC
Atlas Ergonomics, LLC is a leading ergonomic service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of work related injuries within industrial, office, commercial transportation, public transit, and healthcare environments. Atlas guides clients to financially evaluate and define the appropriate strategy, and offers services that are uniquely simple, measurable, and cost effective. Atlas Ergonomics provides turnkey support through a nationwide network of providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology. Atlas Ergonomics is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found at