Physical Therapy literature suggests that "Overexertion" (related to lifting, pushing, pulling, etc.) is the number ONE cause of workplace injuries. Physical Therapists are uniquely qualified to provide functional work ability information, including injury prevention education and ergonomic assessment.
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INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Purpose, Scope and Objectives:
We currently provide ergonomic services, as professional licensed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, to distribution warehouses. These services include:
- Job Demands Analysis for specific positions
- Develop Pre-placement, Post Offer Employment Testing (POET) or Job Simulations, to ensure employees can perform duties required for position.
- Identifying and monitoring movement patterns that can potentially lead to injury.
- Educating employees with alternative strategies to avoid overuse injury.
- Communication with Warehouse Supervisor of potential risk and opportunities to help avoid them.
- Provide injury prevention seminars and/or group instruction as requested.
- Provide appropriate exercise and stretches to help prevent injury.
The following exercises should be performed before each shift to help reduce injury and ensure optimal muscle and joint protection. These exercise are designed to incorporate all areas of the body that are used to perform the squatting, lifting, reaching, bending, rotating positions needed to perform the warehouse position of selector.
The exercises listed may be rotated every 3 to 6 months.
A designated person will lead this program before each shift.
- Exercise 1 -
Roll neck from right to left and back only going forward 10 times.
- Exercise 2 -
Roll shoulders up, back, and down 10 times
- Exercise 3 -
Feet are wide then lateral bend with both legs straight reach one hand to floor other hand reaches to ceiling, repeat on both sides. Hold 20 seconds.
- Exercise 4 -
Place hands on low back for support arch slightly looking up. Hold 20 seconds.
- Exercise 5 -
Feet are hip distance apart, squat and lift arms to ceiling. 10 times.
Hi, my name is Jesse Moolenaar, Warehouse Supervisor for ALDI Distribution Center in Royal Palm Beach. Best in Town Physical Therapy has done a great job for us here at the Distribution Center. I brought in Best in Town Physical Therapy at the initial onset of our grand opening, so they have been with me since July 2015. Initially we brought in physical therapy so that we could utilize their expertise regarding proper ergonomics and lifting techniques to alleviate some of the industry injuries that happen in warehouses. Because of the job demands in the warehouse setting of heavy and repetitive lifting, we felt the need for physical therapy to encourage and educate our employees with proper ergonomic skills to perform their jobs safely and with longevity.
Best in Town Physical Therapy has done a great job: Jennifer, Julie and Suzanne and the entire staff have been very professional and helpful and continue to be. They are also now doing our Post Offer Employment Simulations (POES). These are very specific job simulations in which the new hire performs lifting, stacking and organizing skills utilizing the actual merchandise while BP, pulse and heart rate are monitored. They are able to pinpoint any areas of concern we might have about the new hire, as well as give the candidate an understanding of what is required to perform their specific job. Best in Town Physical Therapy has done a great job and we truly appreciate all they have done for us here at ALDI Distribution Center.
ALDI Warehouse Supervisor