PRIME: INJURIES IN THE WORKPLACE
Approximately one-third of all injuries in the United States are suffered in the workplace. In 1995, 6.6 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported, with nearly 50 percent resulting in lost work days (i.e., recuperation away from work or restricted duties at work) The cost of these injuries and illnesses was estimated by the National Safety Council to be $119.4 billion.
PRIME will help your organization mitigate work related injuries and improve return to work timelines.
PRIME: FASTER RECOVERY, FASTER RETURN
PRIME: WE SEEK TO UNDERSTAND
PRIME will seek to understand the physical and mental requirements and demands of a patient that is nearing recovery in order to assign an appropriate return to work date. Specifically, our team would like to gain understanding of what level of musculoskeletal strength and cardiopulmonary endurance are needed as well as how much concentration, memory and stress are related to the returning patient’s role. The patient should be able to clearly describe and list the tasks performed while on duty. PRIME physician’s also have the option to contact the employer as many workplaces have an occupational medicine manager, a human resources office or an industrial hygiene section. Any of these departments should be able to provide the physician with job qualification summaries.
Further, PRIME will need information regarding potential hazardous exposures (chemical, biological, radiation, extreme heat or cold) and the requirements for the use of personal protective equipment.
PRIME Occupational Physicians will request specific tasks regarding distances and heights (i.e., walking, reaching, climbing), weights (i.e., lifting, carrying, pushing), body positions and ergonomics, and duration of tasks.