Often a simple ergonomic review at the workplace – be it the office or the factory floor – can prevent work-related injuries and general physical discomfort.
It is a key preventative strategy and will ensure that the work environment is set up appropriately for safe work practices.
Functional capacity evaluations are carefully managed and administered assessments which are designed to determine an individual’s physical capacity for performing work.
APM WorkCare uses the Physical Work Performance Evaluation (PWPE) system because it is a research-developed and fully validated measurement tool, designed to accurately and objectively measure an individual's physical capabilities. The patented scoring system takes clinical guesswork out of determining an overall level of work, projecting performance for an eight-hour day and determining sincerity of effort.
The PWPE results give valuable information about whether there is a match between the injured worker’s abilities and their job or potential occupations. The results of the PWPE are summarised in a concise, objective and easy-to-read format for use by doctors, injury management consultants, insurers, employers, solicitors and workers.
Vocational assessments are undertaken to identify suitable and realistic vocational options, taking into account the individual’s functional capacity, transferable skills, employment history, qualifications, interests, aptitude and pre-injury earnings.
The assessment is often supported with local labour market research to ensure realistic vocational goals can be established.