Provide Personal Positioning Devices for injured, recovering, or disabled employees. Rather than re-tasking the employee to something for which they are not suited, provide accommodations to allow them to return to their previous position.
Implementation of Personal Positioning Devices position and support the employee relative to the work, where normal ergonomic processes are unable to reorient the work to the employee.
We have had successful outcomes in a couple such cases - in one case a long time employee was suffering knee and ankle pain. The once model employee was now causing line slow-downs and had entered the disciplinary process. As his pain became worse, so did his attitude and work quality. The company was faced with putting a valued employee out on disability, but decided to try something new. A Personal Positioning Device (disclaimer, we build it) was implemented by the company and with the approval of his physician this valued, highly trained employee once again was able to perform at his previous level. Months later, after having corrective surgery and returning to work (which would not have been possible without the device) the plant went on overtime, but the employee was only approved to work 8 hours a day. The employee, management, and the physician met and decided that since the employee was supported by the device a certain portion of each hour, he would be approved to work overtime. Everybody wins.
In another case a talented young diesel mechanic, just a few years out of school, was injured in a motorcycle accident and lost part of one leg. After being fitted with a prosthetic and undergoing therapy, he returned to work but was unable to perform his previous work. Being a valued employee, the company re-assigned him to office duty, with less than the desired results. Faced with the potential loss of a valued employee, the company has purchased a Personal Positioning Device and eagerly awaits it's delivery so the skilled mechanic can return to full productivity.
Apologies if this seems like a shameless self promotion, but we're a bit "out of the box" and are having a difficult time implementing this device for rehabilitation. Ergonomics experts are realizing the benefits and companies (and insurance companies) are implementing the device to reduce acute and cumulative trauma to lower extremities, back, neck and shoulders. The cost avoidance has been demonstrated to provide return on investment of 18-20 months. Employees work with less fatigue, reduced musculoskeletal strain and less acute and chronic injury. In the case of temporary injury or rehabilitation the device can be used over and over.