How Pelco Reduced Sprains and Strains by 80% in Just Two Years
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Onsite Injury Prevention Specialist
Jill Nelson is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Chicago, with a double BS degree in Kinesiotherapy (1995) and Athletic Training (1996). Jill has spent over 10 years providing physical rehabilitation and implementing prevention programs both on the field and in the field for students, adults, and in industry.
“Jill has done an absolutely amazing job. To give some perspective, I’ve been here 7 ½ years and last year was the first time I’ve witnessed the top “type of injury” experienced NOT be sprain/strain related. In fact, our results for 2012 were historic in that we incurred the lowest number of recordable injuries in Pelco’s 25 year history. Thanks to Jill’s input and training, our sprain/strain-related injuries were reduced by 50+%, contributing to an overall reduction in injuries vs. 2011 by 50+%. Jill has been, and continues to be, a viable asset to our team.”
Layne Soares, Safety Manager
Upon contacting Ergonomics Plus for services, Pelco was experiencing high levels of recordable injuries and illnesses. Sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal injuries and disorders seemed to plague the facility.
Although there was an active safety team, there was not a formal process in place to reduce the risks associated with these injuries. There was no ergonomics team and no process to identify ergonomic improvement opportunities. Workplace athletes weren’t trained in proper body mechanics, ergonomics, or self-care best practices.
The healthcare process was just as reactive as the ergonomics process and workplace athlete training. There was no early reporting of fatigue in order to put preventive measures in place. Left unchecked, these MSD risk factors eventually led to a steady stream of frustrating, costly, and painful injuries.
In other words, there was no formal process in place to prevent the most common and costly injuries at the facility — musculoskeletal disorders.
When Pelco shared their challenges with us, we responded with the perfect combination of our service offering to meet their health, safety and business goals. Injury prevention specialist Jill Nelson began making regular visits to the Pelco facility to implement and execute our injury prevention process, the Ergonomics Plus System.
Jill helps Pelco prevent musculoskeletal (soft tissue) injuries and enhance human performance through the science of improving worksite design (Ergonomics) and coaching and training Pelco employees like “workplace athletes” (Plus). This comprehensive, hands-on, “Ergonomics Plus” approach is what allows her to identify and remove all risk factors contributing to soft tissue injures and to maximize human performance.
Ergonomic risk factors are identified and control measures are put in place before injuries occur. Workplace athletes are trained in body mechanics, ergonomics, and self-care best practices. Early reports of fatigue are addressed by the injury prevention specialist and preventive measures are put in place before injuries occur.
The story of Pelco, Layne Soares (Pelco Safety Manager) and Jill Nelson (Ergonomics Plus onsite injury prevention specialist) illustrates a truism we see borne out over and over again — a focus on prevention today improves outcomes tomorrow and on down the road. A prevention-focused mindset, along with a belief that injuries aren’t a necessary cost of doing business, is a catalyst for a successful partnership that is driving health & safety results.
The truest measure of our performance is the success of our clients. This is what happens when the right expertise combines with the right process to create world-class results. Here are the results of our partnership with Pelco so far.