According to new IWH research, workplace-based programs in which workers and supervisors jointly identify and solve return-to-work barriers help workers with low-back pain return to their jobs more quickly — especially workers who are often considered the most challenging return-to-work cases.
Using youth employment centres for the first time to connect with out-of-school young workers about job safety, a new Institute for Work & Health study shows this hard-to-reach group possesses some basic knowledge of health and safety, yet it still experiences above-average injury rates.
An Ontario manufacturer opened its doors to researchers who helped implement a participatory ergonomics (PE) program to improve the musculoskeletal health of workers. The company has since learned that the PE program saved it almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars — and in the most unexpected place.
The Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury has brought together academics and injured workers in a five-year research project that is scientifically documenting and communicating the effects of work injury. As the initiative moves past its halfway mark, the academic and injured worker communities take a look at its achievements and the opportunity it has provided to learn from each other.
For people who play a hands-on role in helping injured workers return to work, a new publication called Red Flags/Green Lights: A Guide to Identifying and Solving Return-to-Work Problems is available from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) to help you deal with potentially challenging cases.