The first thing that comes to people’s mind when they think of Physio is massages, manipulations and exercises. Rarely do most use cost savings and Physio in the same sentence!
For a long time now, physiotherapists have been working onsite across a range of industries. Behind the scenes, companies have benefited immensely, saving potentially millions over the years. Read on to learn more about the mechanics behind onsite physiotherapy.
How Onsite Physio Works
Onsite Physio is essentially an in-house triage system. Whenever an employee sustains a work-related injury, a Physio is available to assess whether the worker is safe to continue undertaking his or her duties and apply immediate treatment. Most workers don’t need to go down the expensive route of seeing doctors, getting scans and being off work.
Let’s look at four key issues Onsite Physio addresses:
Absenteeism from injuries means the remaining workforce is put under extra-load, increasing the likelihood of further injuries and paying staff overtime wages to cover. You can see this can spiral out of control quite quickly. Onsite physio stops this spiral by nipping injuries in the bud and keeping workers in the workplace for a safe and faster recovery. Less injured workers means an increase in productivity, which translates into a reduction in operating costs.
For most injuries, recovery can happen while a worker remains at work. A common and often ineffective scenario in this situation, is that an injured worker would first consult with a GP and may be instructed to have time off work. In some circumstances this can lead to significant time away from work and a disconnected worker. The amount of time lost and money cost to cover for this extended period of time is significant.
Absenteeism is a common result if workplace injuries are not managed properly.
In addition to the financial ramifications of absenteeism, are the equally damaging effects it has on staff morale and company culture. Early intervention provided by an onsite physio is therefore crucial for an injured worker to return to full duties in the quickest, most sustainable manner.
Rising WorkCover Premiums
The more employees who have a Workcover claim, the higher the premiums you will pay. This premium is further increased if workers are unfit for duties and not in the workplace, as your company has to reimburse Workcover for lost time due to injury.
Onsite Physio reduces the amount of workers requiring claims and keeps them in the workplace, which Workcover and insurance companies view favourably. Think of an onsite Physio as a safety guard against rising premiums.
What about Initiatives to Prevent Injuries?
It’s so easy to get caught up in putting out fires that you lose sight of the fundamental cause of injuries in the first place. Are there certain manual tasks that can be redesigned or altered to reduce strain amongst your workers? Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure, but how many organisations actively employ initiatives to reduce injuries at an organisational level?
Onsite physiotherapists are specialised in occupational assessments and can recommend certain actions to reduce the likelihood of injuries occurring in the first place.
Recently, Axis were approached by a multi-national airline for insight regarding insight into new procedures for loading baggage inside aircrafts. As this is a task that requires significant manual handling in confined spaces, the airline were looking of cost-effective ways to reduce injuries. The onsite physiotherapist was able to help introduce new procedures and equipment that has already led to a significant reduction in injuries, while improving efficiency for that particular component.
Onsite Physiotherapists can shed insight on new procedures and equipment
Ineffective Reporting of Injury Trends and Data
Many businesses have ineffective means of reporting and tracking injuries that often fail to provide actionable insight. It is essential to identify trends early for two reasons:
- Allow for better allocation of resources.
- Better understand the underlying the causes you will need to target
Most Onsite Physiotherapists provide regular updates on injury trends and patterns, so you can better identify at risk areas or components. Working with the latest cloud analytics and occupational expertise, you can be confident that your injury rate will be on the down!