Welcome to Witter WorkForce Assessment, LLC.
Seven Million job-related injuries and illnesses occur annually and cost U.S. employers in excess of 100 billion dollars. A 1997 study published by the American Medical Association (AMA) revealed the total cost of occupational injuries and illnesses occurring in 1992 were estimated at 171 billion dollars compared to 170.7 billion dollars for cancer and 164.3 billion dollars for heart and blood vessel disease costs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are this country’s most common and costly occupational health issue, affecting several hundred thousand workers annually with an estimated 20 billion dollars in related workers compensation costs.
- Approximately 23% of all compensable work injuries are associated with material handling. Of these
- 70% are related to lifting
- 20% are related to pushing or pulling activities
60% of overexertion injuries involve the lower back and represent the single most common type of work related disability for the American worker below the age of 45. Of the workers that do return to work following lower back injury, approximately 80% will become reinjured within two years of returning to work.
Witter WorkForce Assessment LLC believes that the high frequency and associated costs of work related injuries can be significantly reduced in addition to achieving a much improved level of efficiency involving medical case management resolution through:
- Objective measurement of the worker’s functional capabilities relevant to anticipated occupational physical demand exposure placement
- Accurate identification of critical occupational demands through ergonomic analysis and cost-effective administrative / engineering control recommendations involving high risk jobs
- Employee work injury prevention education and training programs