Workplace accidents are unfortunate events that can disrupt both your physical and financial well-being. In the event of a work-related accident, a return to work program will help you transition back into a productive role as an employee recovers from your injury.
After a workplace injury, the return to work program is designed to get the injured worker back on their feet and return to their job as soon as possible. The employee benefits from the program in the following ways:
• Perform meaningful work despite physical restrictions while recovering.
• Maintain income level.
• Retain status within the company.
• Avoid the monotony associated with long periods of home recovery.
• Stay updated on important company announcements, events and meetings.
• Maintain body’s strength and help return to pre-injury strength and condition level.
• Accelerate recovery process.
Modified duty work is an important part of the rehabilitation process that allows the employee to maintain a certain level of activity within their physician’s prescribed restrictions. Modified duty work combined with physical or occupational therapy is the best method for moving the employee along on the road to recovery.
In addition, modified duty is crucial to a successful return their regular job after an injury. Identify modified duty positions within your organization. These positions will be considered when accommodating temporary work restrictions. If an employee have been injured on the job, attempt to place in one of the modified duty positions as soon as you receive a return to work release form from the doctor. The employee will be placed in the position that best falls within their temporary work restrictions.