Preventing and Mitigating Recordable Injuries in the Manufacturing Industry: A Case Study on the Success of the Injury Prevention Program

Our Injury Prevention Program achieved a 30% reduction in recordable injuries within one year with hands-on interventions, health literacy training, ergonomic working practices, early injury interventions, and more.  In addition, 95% of cases requiring symptom intervention did not result in recordable injuries.

Opportunity

Client X, an apparel company with over 1800 employees, had an increasing number of OSHA-recordable injuries among the line staff involved in production. These injuries were primarily repetitive strain and soft-tissue injuries that evolved into work comp claims because they went untreated or were not resolved by traditional treatment methodologies.

Objectives

The objective of this case study is to showcase the benefits of implementing our on-site hands-on therapeutic care and wellness training programs. We will examine how our tailored approach to injury prevention and wellness training helped our client, a manufacturing company, reduce their recordable injuries and create a safer workplace for their employees.

  • Identify hands-on interventions to prevent or mitigate recordable injuries through implementing the Injury Prevention Program.
  • Utilize trained IPS staff and establish an onsite occupational health clinic focused on the Injury Prevention Program.
  • Engage in health literacy training with lunch and learn and wellness-oriented training during the employees’ workday
  • Lead stretch and flex microbreaks at the start of shifts and throughout the workday to enhance employee resiliency and baseline health
  • Conduct floor walks to identify better ergonomic working practices and means of adjusting the employee work processes to be safer and more productive
  • Focus on screenings and early interventions with hands-on, manual treatment and therapeutic modalities that mitigate injuries that are in their nascent stages
  • Provide ergonomic training to the employees that help them implement better working practices that avoid reinjury
  • Treat and mitigate more advanced injuries to return employees to productive work as quickly as possible
  • Provide first aid and emergency response for any workplace emergencies that occur
  • Assist the client in workers’ compensation case evaluation and case management services to restore employees to productive duties as quickly as possible (on unavoidable injuries).
  • Utilization of data collection and analytics to develop actionable insights for program enhancement.

Results

Work Health Solutions was able to help them achieve a 30% reduction in recordable injuries within one year, and 95% of symptom intervention cases did not become recordable injuries. This was accomplished by focusing on on-site hands-on therapeutic care, wellness training and coaching, ergonomic working practices, and early injury interventions.

By investing in the programs listed above, our client was able to create a safer and more productive workplace, ultimately improving their bottom line.

  • Reduction in recordable injuries at one site by 20% and the other site by 30% within one year of the program implementation
  • With the injury prevention program in place, this client had their lowest incident rate in 6 years.
  • 95% of symptom intervention cases did not become recordable injuries.
  • Subjective measure: positive employee feedback and statements about the program
  • Work Health Solutions informed client management staff and senior leadership of the results, and the client is currently sharing an internal presentation highlighting the program efficacy with their senior leadership.

Summary and Conclusion

In conclusion, this case study highlights the importance of implementing effective occupational health programs in manufacturing. The program implemented at the facility, the Injury Prevention Program, aimed to prevent and mitigate recordable injuries through hands-on interventions and an onsite occupational health clinic. The program significantly reduced recordable injuries at the facility and received positive feedback from employees. The program also assisted the client in workers’ compensation case evaluation and management, which helped to restore employees to productive duties as quickly as possible. Occupational health programs such as the Injury Prevention Program are crucial for maintaining the health and well-being of employees and preventing injuries, which ultimately leads to a more productive and safe working environment.

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Dr. Michael Tenison

A series of notable accomplishments distinguish Dr. Michael Tenison’s career in medical operations and healthcare management:

  • Successfully led medical operations at a national healthcare provider, focusing on optimizing healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
  • Oversaw the regional medical practices in key markets like Oregon and Northern California, ensuring consistent, quality medical care and service delivery.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership in building and mentoring a large medical provider team, enhancing team performance and patient care standards.
  • Implemented strategic company policies and protocols, significantly improving center efficiency, clinical quality, and patient experiences.
  • Played a pivotal role in financial planning and identifying growth opportunities for healthcare services, contributing to the organization’s overall success.
  • Served as a primary point of contact for regional employer clients and insurance companies, fostering strong relationships and effective communication.
  • Maintained high medical care and case management standards through diligent supervision, chart audits, and performance metric analysis.

Dr. Matt Feeley

Dr. Matt Feeley is a renowned figure in military aviation medicine, with a robust background in occupational and environmental medicine from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

  • Former Naval Flight Surgeon, exemplifying his expertise in aerospace medicine and commitment to military health.
  • Served with distinction at NSA Bahrain and HSM-37, earning the COMPACFLT Flight Surgeon of the Year award for exceptional medical service.
  • Supported U.S. Marines VMFA-323 aboard the USS Nimitz, MACG-38, and VMU-3, demonstrating versatility and leadership in diverse medical environments.
  • Broad interests and significant contributions in global health, corporate medicine, and aerospace medicine, highlighting his multidisciplinary approach.
  • Proven track record as a dynamic leader, well-equipped to face the challenges in a fractional medical directorship role with innovative solutions.

Dr. Glen Cheng

A physician-attorney with a dedication to healthcare innovation, informatics, and digital health.

  • Currently spearheads employee health protection and promotion within the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System.
  • Trained in residency at Harvard, achieving board certification as a physician; also a licensed patent attorney with experience as FDA regulatory counsel.
  • Co-founded Acceleromics, a consulting firm providing clinical and regulatory guidance to digital health startups.

Erin Davis

 Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, certified in Adult-Gerontology (AGNP-C) and Athletic Training (ATC).

  • Oversees clinical operations and ensures high clinical standards across the company’s national field staff.
  • Former Manager of Clinic Operations and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC).
  • Specialized in treating occupational injuries and illnesses, and provided medical surveillance and travel medicine consults at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Lab.
  • Dedicated to sports and occupational injury treatment and prevention.
  • Assistant Clinical Faculty at UCSF, mentoring students in clinical rotations within the Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
  • Holds leadership roles as Treasurer and President Elect of the California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CECRAOHN), affiliated with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

Dr. Robert Goldsmith

Expert in benefits design and onsite innovation with specialization in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Previous role as Executive Director for Employee Health at Novartis Services, Inc., leading health services and clinical support.
  • Instrumental in creating an integrated healthcare system at Novartis.
  • Former private practice in internal medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, and Medical Director consultant for GTE Corporation.
  • Transitioned to GE as a Global Medical Director in 2000.
  • Holds a medical degree from Albert Einstein College, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and completed training at Greenwich Hospital and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
  • Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Vagelos School of Medicine, Columbia University.
  • Serves as a team physician for high school athletes in Stamford.
  • Published works on occupational health risks, primary prevention, and exercise-induced asthma.