Due to employers asking for help in reducing their work comp exposures, Occupational Performance Corporation went to work to find another tool or resource to hire more physically-able bodies. The Physical Capacity Profile Testing System was developed to help employers by: 1. Reducing injuries by ensuring employees have the physical strength to safely perform their job responsibilities, 2. Reducing workers compensation by documenting impairments an employee brings with them to the workplace, per the AMA Guides, and 3. Providing pre-injury baseline measurements on an employee, allowing treating professionals to expedite the rehabilitation process.
Across multiple states, the PCP System is performing thousands of tests in hospitals, physical therapy offices, and more, all aiding in supplying the answers and methods to help employers in the community reduce injuries.
Only a 30 minute exam, The Components of the Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System Include:
- Comprehensive Medical Review
- Upper Extremity Strength
- Lower Extremity Strength
- Trunk Strength
- Active Lumbar Range of Motion
- Lower Extremity Mobility
- Maximum Lifting Capability
- Safe Lifting Technique
Advantages Rapid delivery of test results allows management to quickly place newly hired employees. The data is electronically captured to avoid human error over multiple tests. This allows matching of physical capacity to job demands based on essential functions of the job.
Cost Justifications By reducing the risk of injury, the number of workers’ compensation claims and related premiums are also reduced. Cost-conscious management knows that fewer lost work days due to workers’ compensation claims will result in increased productivity and profits.
Medical Ratings The Physical Capacity Profile® provides medical documentation of impairment in accordance with the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides (4th Edition). This baseline information is critical in managing future workers’ compensation claims with each state’s workers’ compensation statutes. When applicable, the results are presented in accordance with AMA guidelines.
How Can This System Benefit Me as an Employer? When employees are physically matched to the job they are substantially less likely to be injured.
Many companies require a post-hire physical. However, the typical physical does not adequately document musculoskeletal imbalances, which could lead to injuries. The standard physician physical is simply not cost-effective or protective in reducing workers’ compensation claims.
This system can only help human resource professionals correctly place employees. It also can help reduce costs and increase productivity. Fewer lost workdays due to workers compensation claims will result in increase productivity and profits.