Post Offer Employment Testing Decrease Job-Related Injuries

  • By PCP Staff
  • 24 Feb, 2014
Physical Capacity Tests Ensure Your New Hire is Fit for the Job

The hiring process continues to remain a near notion of guesswork when attempting to find the right candidate. With the implementation of drug testing and education requirements, opportunities in certain fields have not so much become limited, as much as they have become more specified. A recent study conducted by Gary L. Harbin, of   Salina Sports Medicine Clinic   and the   University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City ; Catherine Shenoy, of the University of Kansas School of Business in Lawrence; Amy Garcia, of the Wichita Publics Schools in Wichita, Kan.; and John C. Olson, of Salina Sports Medicine Clinic, showed post-offer functional capacity evaluation (FCE) testing within labor intensive industries will more accurately define the job requirements, while also enabling employers to more accurately hire qualified candidates. This has resulted in statistically significant lower injuries to employees, a safer work environment and of course concomitantly lower medical expenses for the employer.

According to a separate study by Harbin and Olson in 2005, one-third of the nation’s workers are required to exert strenuous force in their daily jobs. This requirement is also the direct cause of various injuries, resulting in high-medical costs for companies, financial and mental stress on employees, along with the increased potential for permanent impairment of workers.

This recent study, conducted among the Wichita Public Schools custodial staff, studied the effect of implementing a post-offer test for hired employees, which included a physical capacity test with direct correlation to the job requirements. Rather than focus on multiple work-related injuries, the research team chose to concentrate on shoulder injuries due to the school district indicating these injuries had accounted for more than 50 percent of the work-related injury costs during fiscal years 2001 and 2002.

There were two control groups studied. The first group included 497 employees hired between 1999 and 2001, when the school district had no post offer testing; and the second group included 402 applicants of whom 248 were hired between 2002 and 2004 after passing the post-offer test. In that second group, 39 percent proved incapable of handling the physical demands of the custodial job and were not hired.

The 248 employees (61 percent), who underwent the post-offer test and demonstrated the ability to meet the custodial job requirements, suffered zero shoulder injuries throughout all three years. The employees, who were not required to be tested, suffered 19 shoulder injuries from years 1999 to 2004. More than 25 percent of those injuries were sustained in their respective first year of employment

Post offer employment testing decreases job related injuries

After implementing post offer employment testing in the Wichita school district, the medical costs from shoulder injuries significantly decreased, and between the two groups, the control group’s average cost of medical claims was seven times higher than those of the test group.

Annually, for the first four years before implementing the post-offer test, the average claims cost totaled $367,998. This number drastically dropped by $133,994 to $234,004 after implementing the test. This new testing program lowered the custodial staff medical costs from 60 percent to 25 percent of the school district’s total workers’ compensation costs.

This study suggests, that since there were no shoulder injuries in the custodial workers who passed the post-offer test, those of the control group who were injured most likely sustained shoulder injuries due to their inability to physically perform their duties. Therefore, assessing an individual’s ability to physically meet the requirements of a labor-intensive job will not only help ensure workers remain healthy and safe, but also could substantially save a company financially in medical costs and ensure employers hire the most qualified candidates.

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By Jill Dyck 30 Mar, 2017
"Top 10 Injury Causes :   Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury. This event category, which includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects , cost businesses $15.08 billion in direct costs and accounted for nearly a quarter of the overall national burden."*  

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Read the entire article here:    https://www.libertymutualgroup.com/about-liberty-mutual-site/research-institute-site/Documents/2016%20WSI.pdf

*Source:  Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
www.libertymutualgroup.com/researchinstitute


By Jill Dyck 16 Mar, 2017

Brace yourself: PCP testing and the workplace

Saturday
Mar 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM

By Cheyenne Derksen SchroederStaff Writer

What if you could predict a work injury?

Unfortunately, predicting injury is not an exact science, but special tests allow employers to determine which physical tasks employees can perform, which prevents potential injury.

The Physical Capacity Profile, or PCP, Testing System measures ability to perform 28 maximum-strength measurements in 30 minutes. The test is offered by Assured Occupational Solutions and the Operational Performance Corporation, Salina. OPC representatives gave a lecture on the testing program with AOS on Thursday.

“We believe the employee is the most valuable assets in your workplace. You need good quality employees who put in the time and have the capacity to do the job over the course of several years,” said Chris Curtis, business development manager for OPC. “You only have one body, so we want to make sure we keep it in good shape.”

How it works

What the PCP testing provides is objective results about a potential employee’s ability to perform a job. A test facilitator guides the employee through the objectives on a piece of equipments. Through computerized software, results from the tests are available in minutes to medical providers and the employers.

The information obtained uses the Department of Labor’s five classifications of work and the American Medical Association guidelines. The exam also qualifies for American Disabilities Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards.

The work classifications divide jobs into five categories by the amount of force needed to push, pull, lift or move objects.

The lightest, sedentary work, involves exerting 10 pounds of force occasionally, while the highest, very heavy work, involves exerting over 100 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds frequently or 20 pounds constantly. Results from the PCP test show what classification of job an employee could perform.

“It’s not pass or fail like a drug screening — if someone scores at a lower level, you can offer them a different position if you have one available. Otherwise, you can rescind the offer,” Curtis said. “If they meet a higher level, you can move them up to a higher job.”

For employers, test results can assist employers in identifying physically demanding jobs and potentially reduce injury rates.

“We need to know the heaviest lift they’ll do and the most frequent task,” Curtis said. “You’d think we just test laborers, but some businesses figure out pretty quick that if your secretarial staff is lifting files or bottles of water often, that will bump you up a few categories, so we test everyone.”

Purpose

The PCP test seeks to answer three questions: Does a potential employee have the strength to do a job, do they have a preexisting condition that might hinder their ability, and when has an injured employee reached maximum medical improvement?

“When workers have done rehab and the doctor says they can come back, you can have them do a PCP when they return. What it does is it goes at a slower pace since they’re probably in pain, and it guards against potential malingers,” Curtis explained. “If they fail the PCP, you can put them in a light duty position, even if the physician says they’re fit to work. If they’ve been off work, they might have been resting and have lost some physical ability while out of the workplace.”

Using a consistent test like the PCP gives employers and medical providers a record of what an employee can do, both before and after an injury.

Issues are not completely eliminated, since injuries and worker’s compensation claims still happen, but PCP testing can lower the severity of injuries, Curtis explained.

“The cost spent on PCP testing is paid back in [worker’s compensation] savings,” Curtis said. “One dollar spent in testing brings $8 to $12 in worker’s compensation savings.”

For more information

Assured Occupational Solutions can perform PCP tests same-day or within the week. For more information, call 620-504-6614 or visit http://assuredoccu.com .

Contact Cheyenne Derksen Schroeder by email at cderksen@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her on Twitter at @MacSentinel.

By Jill Dyck 06 Mar, 2017

A huge thank you to the individuals and local businesses in Salina that helped OPC win the most donations raised for our time slot for the  #BigBrothersBigSisters   annual  Bowl For Kid’s Sake event!

Brian and Julie Richardson, Synergy Chiropractic Dr. Joe, The UPS Store Brian Vaughn, Alan Webb Farmers Insurance, Dawn and Frank Carlson, Kathleen  Lizzie Hight , The Birdsong Kids!,  Denae BirdsongDustin BirdsongDan Lindsay , and  Tiara Reid !

Go TEAM!!


By Chris Curtis 01 Mar, 2017
Occupational Performance Corporation is proud to welcome Norton County Hospital as the newest member of the Physical Capacity Profile network. Norton County Hospital, located in the northwestern Kansas community of Norton and  is a 25-bed critical access hospital and Level IV trauma center, and along with the Norton Medical Clinic and Logan Clinic, provides medical services for residents in Norton County and surrounding northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska communities. It has 130 dedicated and skilled employees to assist our medical providers in all levels of inpatient care, a full range of outpatient ancillary services and several visiting physician specialty clinics. 
By Chris Curtis 01 Aug, 2016
New Medical Health Care hosted a ribbon cutting and open house event on Friday, July 29 for its new east Wichita location at 7602 E. Harry. Staff at this new location are eager to begin serving companies and their employees in the area.

New Medical Health Care was established in the spring of 2003 by a group of primary care doctors that expected higher quality of service and a better delivery model. In 2005, New Medical Health Care added occupational health and workers’ compensation service to the delivery model. They are recognized as a leading provider of these services in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area.

New Medical Health Care occupational health services are comprehensive and includes primary care evaluation and treatment, injections, immunizations, physicals including DOT and FAA, laboratory, advanced hearing and vision testing and the patented Physical Capacity Profile System. New Medical Health Care focuses on clients located in Wichita and the surrounding area and now has two locations in Wichita.

By PCP Staff 04 Jan, 2016

Physical Capacity Profile® post offer employment testing is now available in Paducah, Kentucky: Atlas Physical Therapy

“As we continue to expand our testing locations, it was key to add another physical employment testing location in Kentucky to assist employers and their employees. Atlas Physical Therapy will be a great asset to the Paducah area for post offer employment testing,” said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “Their people have a great reputation and is just another service they have added to their already exceptional offerings.”

If you are an employer in the Paducah area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by post offer employment testing with the Physical Capacity Profile®.

Are you an employer that should be testing your employees? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.


Atlas Physical Therapy LLC
5050 B. Village Square Dr.
Paducah KY 42001


Ph: 270-443-0681
Fx: 270-442-7948

http://www.atlasphysicaltherapyllc.com/

By PCP Staff 21 Dec, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile®, a post offer employment testing system, announces a new testing location in Omaha, Nebraska: Integrated Rehab

“This makes 17 Physical Capacity Profile® testing locations in Nebraska and three in the Omaha area,” said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “We are excited for this new partnership with Integrated Rehab and their wonderful staff.”

Employers in Omaha can protect themselves and their employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury. Have the data provide by our system can reduce worker comp claims and ensure your company is fully staff and without injury

Are you an employer that should be testing your employees? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.


Integrated Rehab
4832 South 24th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Ph: (402)-502-1819
Fx: (402)-502-2057
www.omahaintegratedrehab.com

By PCP Staff 16 Dec, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile® post offer employment testing is now available in Nevada. The newest employee physically testing location is in the Reno-Sparks metro:   Renown Health

“As we continue to offer new post offer employment testing locations in the US, Renown Health in Sparks, NV helps us expand to the West. They will be able to help local employers in the Reno-Sparks metro area ensure their new hires are physically capable of performing the jobs they were hired to do”, said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “We are excited to work with the talented staff at Renown Health.”

If you are an employer in the Reno-Sparks metro area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by testing them with the Physical Capacity Profile® testing system.

Ask yourself,

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, our patented system provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.

 

Renown Health
420 USA Parkway, Spark, NV 89434
Phone: (775)-982-7440
www.renown.org

By PCP Staff 08 Dec, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile®, provider of post offer employment testing, is pleased to announce our newest testing site location in Wynnewood, Oklahoma:   Wynnewood Urgent Care

“Our goal is to continue adding physical employment testing locations in Oklahoma to assist employers and their employees. Wynnewood Urgent Care will be a great source for post offer employment testing in South Central Oklahoma,” said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “The staff at Wynnewood is a great fit.”

Post-offer employment testing available immediately at this new location. If you are an employer in this area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by post offer employment testing with the Physical Capacity Profile®.

Are you an employer that should be testing your employees? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.

Wynnewood Wood Urgent Care
106 N. Powell St.
Wynnewood, OK 73098
Ph: 405-665-1010
Fx: 405-665-1001
Crystal Knowles, LPN: urgentcarecknowles@gmail.com
www.urgentcarewynnewoodok.com

By PCP Staff 20 Jun, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile®, provider of post offer employment testing, is pleased to announce our newest site location in Texarkana, TX:   HealthCare Express Management

“Adding a new site in Texas helps us to expand our network south. Working with local employers and businesses, HealthCare Express Management will be a great source for post offer employment testing in Northeast Texas.  said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “The staff at HealthCare Express Management is a great fit for Physical Capacity Profile®.”

Post-offer employment testing available immediately at this new location. If you are an employer in this area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by post offer employment testing with the Physical Capacity Profile®.

Ask yourself,

  • Have   you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.

 

HealthCare Express Management, Ltd
3515 Richmond Rd Texarkana, Tx 75503
Ben Smith
Phone:   903-791-9355 ext 2104
Email:   ben.smith@healthcareexpress.us
www.healthcareexpress.us

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