Did you know that musculoskeletal disorders account for the highest proportion of workers compensation claims in NSW at over 37%, or that the average time lost from work is 7 weeks, with businesses paying an average of almost $16,000 per claim?
Musculoskeletal Disorders are diverse conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues that may result in pain and loss of function.
The causes can be varied, from wear and tear, trauma, repetitive or prolonged immoblisation, changes in posture, poor body mechanics and degenerative processes, to name just a few…
If you work in health care, manufacturing or construction, your workforce has the highest number of musculoskeletal injuries.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are still the leading concern when it comes to the frequency and cost of claims. Going back to our prior blog ‘Worker Comp and the Ageing Workforce’ you’ll recall that with the trend of later retirement, there is now more need to protect the health and productivity of your workforce.
Whilst musculoskeletal injuries can result from a frank incident, they more often arise out of cumulative exposure over a period of time, giving rise to nature and conditions claims.
How Can You’re Business Reduce It’s Risk
There are a few things businesses should be doing to help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries:
- Identification of risks
- Reviewing and updating policies and procedures
- Educating staff and providing adequate training
- Conducting regular ergonomic and risk assessments
- Implementation of pre-employment and fitness for work assessments
But there are other considerations specifically aimed at reducing the risk of long-term workers comp claims with a focus on…
Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention
If your workforce is one that is at higher risk of musculoskeletal injuries, have you considered:
- Modification to how a task is performed
- Use of tools, equipment and resources that may reduce force and make the job safer and easier to complete
- Manual handling and refresher training
- Use of proper body mechanics via education with an exercise physiologist
- Stretches, warmups and regular breaks from sustained postures or repetitive movements incorporated into daily work routines
- Recognition of early signs of the inflammatory process to allow for early treatment intervention, and;
- Implementation of Early Intervention Programs to avoid minor aches & pains escalating into compensable injuries
Safety and prevention are an ongoing practice, and what you were doing yesterday is not working today if you see your claim statistics continuing to rise.
If this is you, reach out to your insurer, occupational or allied health provider who can help put early intervention and preventative strategies in place to support your workforce, and your business.
At Precision Physio, we have Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists well used to working with businesses to assist staff both before injury occurs and in the recovery journey if required.
Our Exercise Physiologists can conduct an initial functional assessment and based on this, factoring in the job demands, a tailored program can be developed to help keep your workers fit, strong and capable of performing the demands of their roles safely, and for longer.
How Do I Book An Appointment?
We’re taking the health of our clients, members and staff very seriously and our preference would be for you to call to book an appointment so that we can make sure to explain our approach to keeping you safe. You can call any of these numbers to schedule a session:
- Precision Physio Concord: 02 9736 3950
- Precision Physio St Marys: 02 9623 2220
- Precision Physio Mt Druitt: 02 9188 2552
Evolving with the current environment, we are also now offering online appointments, meaning that we can support anyone who is unable to leave their home. Sessions are done via our state of the art Telehealth system and as long as you have a laptop or tablet with an inbuilt camera, or a phone with camera, we can help!
To learn more about online consultations, please call us on any of the numbers listed above.