WorkSTEPS


ELIMINATE
FRAUD/ABUSE AND INJURY COSTS

DETECT

- “at risk” employees who  have  significant pre-existing  impairmentser to improve employability.

PREVENT

- Injury in the workplace by appropriately matching employees’ abilities to their job responsibilities

ELIMINATE

- Fraud and abuse through the use of scientific consistency” checks” post injury.


INTRODUCING WorkSTEPS

In  1986 , WorkSTEPS, a  company committed to  the  success  of  industry and  the  protection of  the  workforce, was  formed to  create a reliable , medically and  legally defensible employment testing  program which  could effectively reduce workplace injury incidence and  workplace injury  costs.


COST CONTAINMENT THROUGH JOB ANALYSIS & EMPLOYMENT TESTING

The  workSTEPS  comprehensive job  analysis and  employment testing  program provides  the  continuum necessary to  effectively reduce workplace injury  incidence and injury  costs through:
  • detection of “at risk” employees who have significant pre-existing impairments

  • prevention of injury in the workplace by appropriately matching employees’ abilities to their job responsibilities

  • intervention at the inception of injury to effectively rehab workers and minimize lost work days and

  • elimination of fraud through the use of scientific consistency “checks” post injury
WHY TEST?

The University Of Massachusetts recently reported that 10% of existing employees are not physically capable of performing their job tasks. This 10% also accounts for 75% of the costs associated with workplace injuries. Information collected during Work STEPS testing identifies individuals who are at risk for injury and prevents an employer from placing or retaining them in job positions they aren’t physically capable of performing.

HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH THIS?


Work STEPS offers  a  series  of  ADA  complaint employment  tests  that  are  both  scientific  and objective. These  tests establish baseline information on  employees and  help  insure   that  they  are   appropriately matched  to the  physical demands  of  their  jobs. Information  collected  during  these  tests is  invaluable to  employers in  both  hiring and  post  injury management of  workplace injury.

Work STEPS EMPLOYMENT TESTING PROGRAM
  1. Identifies individuals who do not meet job specific strengths
  2. Appropriately matches current and new employees to the physical demands of their job
  3. Provides employers with capable/not capable recommendations
  4. Helps prevent employee injuries
  5. Substantiates legitimate injuries and disqualifies fraudulent claims
  6. Reduces employee turnover
  7. Expedites injured employees return to work


WHAT CAN YOU AS AN EMPLOYER EXPECT FROM Work STEPS?


COST  REDUCTIONS

The Work STEPS Program  is a  proven  method  of  reducing  costs  associated   with workplace injuries. Many  employers currently utilizing the  Work STEPS Program are  reporting an  average reduction of  50% of  their   previous  year’s  work  injury  costs, and  some  companies have  achieved  savings of  as  high  as  80%.

COST  EFFECTIVENESS

By  preventing one  carpal  tunnel surgery , one  back  injury  and  one  fraudulent   claim  a  year, an  employer could  save  as  much  as  $84,000 in  medical  expenses and  $275,000 in other related costs. That savings alone could finance over 4,000 employment

CREDIBILITY

Work STEPS is  one  of  the  nation’s  largest providers of  standardized  medical/functional  employment testing. We  currently test  for  hundreds  of  major  employers   throughout  the  United  States   and  are  rapidly  expanding.

FRAUD ELIMINATION

In  addition to  the  direct  costs  saving  realized  through  reductions  in  workplace  injury incidence and  direct  and  indirect  injury  costs, employers minimize  their  future  liability associated   with  pre-existing  employee impairments.

LEGAL  DEFENSIBILITY

Work STEPS  has  a  history  of  litigation  successes. Data  generated by  the  WorkSTEPS  Testing  Program has  been  used   to  successfully   litigate   workplace  injury claims for  employers. In  its  first   court  case  , an  employee   seeking  $1.2 million  in  compensation received    an  injury  award  of  ONLY $22,000 for  actual  medical   services that  brought  him  back  to  his  pre-injury  status. The  decision   was  based  on  data collected   during  WorkSTEPS  Employment  test that  revealed  a  pre-existing  impairment.

In a recent precedent –setting case  , a  Texas  Chief Appeals  Judge rendered a  decision that   ordered   impairment and  supplemental income  benefits to  be  reduced  by  40% based  solely upon  Work STEPS  documentation of  a  pre-existing  impairment. It  was the first  time  an  impairment  rating  was  reduced   based  on  data  collected   through employment  testing.

Work STEPS employs  in-house  legal  counsel  to  answer  employer  questions regarding employment testing and  ADA /employment law  issues.