Safety & Support

Risk Reduction Strategies

Modified Duties Program

Modified Duties are more than a concept and only work effectively when formal structure is in place. It is well known and accepted that the best environment for recovery of injury is the normal worksite, with necessary support for the employee.

Many employers have actual light or modified tasks or activities available, but do not have the tools to assign these duties in an effective and timely manner. They also face the burden of needing to pursue further information from physicians, the Workers’ Compensation Board and insurance benefit providers.

This program provides the tools to implement and control modified activities for an injured or ill employee. In the case of a work place accident, this is often accomplished on the date of the accident. Turning potential time loss claims into no time loss claims, or greatly reducing the period of disability, is readily achieved.

Summary of Objectives

  • Reduce workers’ compensation costs
  • Reduce use of insurance benefits and control premiums
  • Eliminate unnecessary time loss resulting from work related injury
  • Increase morale
  • Reduce cost of replacement workers
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce administrative costs

BCL knows the advantages of providing structured modified duties. This Program, in conjunction with a well-managed Claims Management Program, demonstrates the difference between an employer taking control or being controlled by claims and their workers’ disability periods. The focus is aimed at recovery, rehabilitation, and returns to work, without disruption to the workplace or injured employee.

Modified Duties Programs are an effective means of controlling costs, but are only intended as a temporary measure.

Our program is designed to meet specific employer needs. BCL is able to improve existing programs or develop a new program if nothing is in place. We will discuss the philosophy and cost savings with your management team and upon implementation, arrange for a meeting with all staff to advise them of the components and benefits.

Back and Lifting Sessions

It is well known that pain is a major source of disability, costing billions of dollars in related costs. To avoid these unnecessary costs, BCL provides Back and Lifting Education Sessions to employees, including:

  • What are the causes of back pain (myths and realities)
  • How to avoid back pain through correct lifting, pushing, and pulling
  • How to maintain neutral spinal positions (sitting, standing, and sleeping)
  • Tips on maintaining a health spine at work and at home

It is important to train your workforce to understand the many types of pain and realize that pain does not always mean that they must stop or reduce an activity.

Pain or discomfort is a strong indicator that an individual should modify components of their work and household activities. This contradicts the old myth that back pain requires bed rest to resolve!

Our training can comprise of groups, with an opportunity for one on one consultation. Or, it may be that only one individual is having difficulty and training can be tailored to that individual.

Putting information in the hands of your employees is a major step towards avoiding injury and the associated disability costs. Regardless of the work you do, all employees can benefit from this training!

Course length can be customized based on your needs. 1-2 hours is required for preparation and material costs will be charged separately if applicable. Customized “Train the Trainer” Programs are also available.

Repetitive Strain Injury Education Sessions

Studies have revealed several associations between physical workload factors and upper limb disorders (Clinical Orthopedics, 1998 June; 351:39-43).

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) has been historically characterized by subjective complaints and limited objective findings. This does not mean that individuals do not have real symptoms. It has become a very difficult disability for most employers to address. Because of this, it is an area of great controversy in North America.

Many feel that some degree of initial strain can lead individuals to modify their activities and behaviour, often leading to disuse, increased symptoms and de-conditioning. This is believed to be the beginning of a cycle that could easily be prevented.

BCL knows that prevention is the best defense! The incidence of repetitive strain injury can be greatly reduced through several effective measures. These include:

  • Ergonomic analysis and worksite re-design
  • Job task modification
  • Job task rotation
  • Staff education
  • Early identification and treatment

The principles of this program are also applied when individuals are returning to work, following RSI-related disability.

Ergonomic Analysis

Ergonomic Analysis has fast become recognized as an excellent way to reduce strain and improve productivity. It is able to target job tasks, which place employees at risk through physical workload factors. Modification or redesign to the physical workload results in decreased incidence of physical complaints.

BCL can complete an assessment of any task or work area. Once completed, recommendations to alleviate the risk of strain are provided.

Modification and redesign can include changes to:

  • Workstation set-up
  • Repetition of work activities
  • Tools/equipment
  • Duration of task
  • Lighting

Areas of priority for ergonomic analysis are:

  • Tasks which are frequently reported as causing symptoms
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Heavy manual handling