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.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect someone’s work

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that involves the hands and the arms. It is caused by a strained nerve in the wrist due to several factors, such as underlying medical conditions and anomalous anatomy of the arm. Additionally, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the result of repetitive hand and arm movements, which is common in many workplaces.

Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace can significantly affect one’s performance and output. Here are just some of the symptoms of a carpal tunnel syndrome that might affect work:

  • Weakness – Arms and hands tend to feel weak and drop objects due to a pinched nerve
  • Numbness or tingling – Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome oftentimes feel numbness or a tingling sensation in one or more of their fingers, and can sometimes affect the arms.

Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome may negatively impact a worker and a company over time. At WorkSTEPS, we help employers determine the readiness of their workers for performing specific work duties through scientific and study-proven Upper Quadrant/Carpal Tunnel Testing. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to schedule a test today.

The role the Sincerity of Effort test has in ensuring a safe and fraud-free workplace

Measuring the capability of an injured worker to return to work is crucial for both the employees and the employers. By scientifically measuring an injured worker’s functional capacity, it ensures that the worker is safe and ready to perform assigned work duties. For the employers, an accurate functional capacity test also lowers the possibility of a feigned disability, which may translate into costly payouts for false workers’ compensation claims or paid time off.

It is therefore important to have a system that measures the real functional capacity of an injured worker. At WorkSTEPS, we offer X-RTS (Cross Reference Testing System) Hand Strength Assessment to objectively evaluate the sincere effort of an injured worker. This highly-accurate system allows the employers to determine feigned weaknesses from maximum, sincere efforts.

At WorkSTEPS, our team helps employers ensure workers’ safety and avoid unnecessary workers’ comp costs by providing them with a system that scientifically evaluates sincerity of effort. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to know more about how our X-RTS Hand Strength Assessment might be able to help you and your business.