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Making Transitional Work work for You

  Have you been plagued with an employee injured on the job whose doctor won’t return them to work no matter how you offer to meet their restrictions? Or they remain on permanent “restricted duties”. If so, a transitional work program may work for you.

Transitional WorkGRANT$ - A Success Story

    “Incredible” is how Cathy Opritza from Aerolite Extrusions described their first experience with the transitional work program.

    The BWC Transitional WorkGRANT$ program uses real job duties to accommodate injured worker’s medical restrictions for a specified time period to gradually return them to their original job. To be eligible for the grant employers must use a BWC accredited transitional work developer to design an on-site transitional work program for its injured workers.

    “I am so thankful CompOne recommended transitional work and we had the program in place when (this particular) injury occurred,” stated Cathy. “It could have been a disastrous claim with this IW sitting around with unreasonable restrictions, no physician follow-up in sight and the IW doing himself more harm than good sitting all day.” The success of this story is based on the combined achievements of Aerolite’s management, union leaders and transitional work developer Don Harris in conjunction with CompOne’s nurse case manager Pam Webb and Dianne Lindsay, C.O.O. The transitional work program includes job analysis, which clearly defines physical capabilities needed to perform each job.

   “Our main goal is to have a safe environment and to what is right for our employees,” Ms. Oprtiza stated. After consulting with Pam Webb, the IW armed with his job analysis went immediately to his physician. Cathy attributed much success of this story to the providers knowledge of the program and his willingness to work with the IW and Aerolite. “It was phenomenal how it worked; everything just flowed.”

   Contact CompOne for information about the Transitional WorkGRANT$ program - it could be your new success story!

Why transitional work:
    As noted above, transitional work offers a safe, smooth transition back to regular duty for the injured worker. This reduces the need to hire or retrain temporary or new workers. It helps keep the injured worker vocationally productive thereby maintaining their self esteem. Having a knowledgeable transitional work developer reduces the injured worker’s fear of re-injury, and the risk of re-injury

• It helps to lessen your health care costs

• It reduces overall employee absence thus reducing compensation paid.

• It improves your safety program and helps promote a management labor team.

How to get started:
   Contact your CompOne representative. We will arrange a meeting with you and a transitional work developer to answer your questions and to discuss why transitional work can work for you.

   We have partnered with select BWC certified transitional work developers who have a high incidence of good outcomes.

ational Rehabilitation:

      The Bureau of Workers Compensation offers a program designed to assist the Injured Worker in returning to vocational productivity utilizing the hierarchy for return to work:

• same job - same employer
• different job - same employer
• same job - different employer
• different job - different employer

      There are criteria established by the BWC for eligibility to participate in this program. Contact your nurse case manager should this be a program you are interested in.


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