Federal study shows many poultry workers are ergonomically injured

The result of a study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that a majority of poultry plant workers in the U.S. are suffering from ergonomic-related illnesses.

According to the study, 6 out of 10, or 57%, of poultry workers are suffering from musculoskeletal disorders due to repetitive tasks at poultry plants. Furthermore, the study revealed that 42% of poultry workers across the country are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a hand and arm disorder commonly reported by workers doing constant and repetitive work duties.

Accurately measuring the capacity of an injured worker looking to get back to work is extremely crucial for both employers and employees. At WorkSTEPS, we help businesses and employees ensure a productive and safe workplace through programs that scientifically measure a worker’s capability to return to work. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Understanding how important Functional Capacity Evaluation is in the workplace

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a battery of standardized and comprehensive medical tests that assesses a worker’s ability to perform work functions after being physically injured in a job. In recent years, however, FCEs have also been used to measure cognitive capacity to assess necessary variables found in workers who have suffered from brain injuries.

FCEs are vital for the safety and well-being of both the employer and the employee. For the employees, it ensures a safe transition from injury and disability to function and employment. Employers, on the other hand, have a greater chance of maximizing their production output. The FCE can also help them create a safer workplace, making them less vulnerable to Workers’ Comp claims and lawsuits over alleged safety breaches.

Our team at WorkSTEPS can help businesses promote workplace safety, boost workplace productivity and reduce workplace accidents by offering functional workplace testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to schedule a Functional Capacity Evaluation at your workplace today.