Research Shows Strong Connection Between Early Intervention Services and Overall Injury Reduction in Manufacturing
|Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions|
(November 16, 2022) – A recent study by Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions (www.atlas-ips.com) found a strong correlation between Early Intervention Services and overall injury reduction within the manufacturing industry.
Traditionally, employers have relied on doctor's offices, Urgent Care centers, or emergency rooms to care for work-related injuries and illnesses. However, Early Intervention (EI) programs have gained popularity as a viable alternative in recent years.
EI programs use physical and occupational therapists or athletic trainers, all trained to proactively address musculoskeletal discomfort and injuries in an effective and compliant manner. In addition, many EI specialists also provide proactive services, including job demands analysis, wellness programs, stretching programs, and employee education.
The newly released white paper titled Onsite Early Intervention Services, Age, and Injury Rates within Manufacturing analyzed data collected from 2018 to 2021. The study included 55 locations in the US and Canada and looked at the type of Early Intervention services offered, employee contacts, average employee age, and how they affect injury rates.
The primary purpose of this white paper was to examine the effectiveness of Early Intervention programs in reducing employee injury rates within the manufacturing industry, and help leaders better understand the impact EI programs may have on injury rates.
Here are some of the key findings from the study:
- 92% of injured employees seen by Early Intervention Specialists returned to work without unnecessarily entering the Worker's Compensation system or becoming an OSHA recordable event.
- Companies that proactively collaborated with EI specialists to review work methods, ergonomic assessments, employee education, and job demand analysis saw fewer workplace injuries.
- The most impactful proactive interaction is when client companies implement ergonomic solutions generated by the onsite EI specialist.
- Companies should plan on additional EI contacts and support for older employees who are experiencing discomfort.
"Our goal with this paper is to inform health and safety leaders in the manufacturing industry on all the options available to reduce and manage workplace injuries effectively," says James Landsman, president of Atlas IPS. "Our research shows a strong connection between Early Intervention services and reduced risk exposure and improved employee health and wellness."
About Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions, LLC
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions (IPS) is a leading injury prevention and management service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of injuries within industrial, construction, distribution, transportation, office, 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 IPS provides turnkey support through the nation’s largest network of professional service providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology. Atlas IPS is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found at www.atlas-ips.com.