WHAT IS IT?
The Preventative Body Maintenance (PBM) program is a trademarked service developed specifically by IHMS that allows for the early intervention education of musculoskeletal concerns that when ignored can lead to work-related muscle and joint injuries. This works on a common sense principle that if employees have a resource to address their musculoskeletal concerns before they impact their ability to perform their job, or their home life, then injuries can be prevented. As a result, workers are healthier and therefore more productive. This has been shown to significantly impact a company’s workers' compensation claims and OSHA recordable injuries, which directly impacts a company’s mod rating and workers' compensation premiums.
WHAT is INCLUDEd?
- Individual education of employees on safe work practices and coaching during actual work duties
- Addressing employees’ physical concerns and educating on strategies to prevent soft tissue complaints
- Screening for potential nerve injuries (i.e. carpal tunnel) and instruction in early intervention strategies to prevent further problems
- Problem solving and consultation in appropriate medical care for wellness complaints of musculoskeletal dysfunction
- Providing management with the resources needed to be proactive in injury prevention of soft tissue injuries
Based on the Department of Labor, 80% of work-related injuries are related to the postures, techniques and positions that the worker chooses to use when performing the job that puts them at risk for injury.
In 2014, the Vermont Department of Labor outlined the average cost per work injury as follows:
- The average workers' compensation claim indemnity cost was $26,800 per person.*
- The total cost per claim in Vermont was $57,300 per person.*
*These were the direct costs of a workplace injury; and it has been estimated that the indirect cost is 3 to 5 times greater than the direct cost. Therefore, preventing even one injury saves your company money that can be better spent on employees and innovation.
Who Provides the Service?
“The Body Mechanics” are physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers registered in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York who have strong manual therapy expertise and ergonomic certification. We are experienced industrial clinicians, which means we understand workers and can provide services with minimal disruption to the work cycle. We bring our expertise to you.