Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) Ergonomic Initiative Program
According to North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI), 25% of reported work injuries in ND are caused by poor ergonomics – the interaction and fit between the worker and their work environment. WSI has launched an ergonomic initiative and grant program, partnering with Mobility Plus Rehabilitation, to help companies and employers reduce costs and injuries by addressing their ergonomic needs.
The purpose of the Ergonomic Initiative Program is to reduce or eliminate cumulative-type injuries at the workplace. What typically begins as minor aches and pains, if ignored, has potential to develop into costly claims for an employer. Through the Ergonomic Initiative Program, WSI is offering the employers of North Dakota with resources, as well as financial assistance, to address their ergonomic concerns. WSI will pay 75% of the fees from Mobility Plus Rehabilitation and the employer/company pays 25%.
One of the resources is that North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance has put together a provider network for the entire state to provide these services with medical professionals – mainly occupational and physical therapists, who are trained in body mechanics, occupational hazards, and ergonomics. MobilityPlus is proud to be a part of this provider network for the south eastern portion of North Dakota.
As an employer, you must initiate participating in the Ergonomic Initiative Program by submitting the Ergonomic Initiative Employer Application, which can be found HERE.
Once submitted and approved by ND WSI, a therapist from MobilityPlus will contact you to schedule the on-site ergonomic assessment. This onsite visit may include:
- An ergonomic assessment to identify potential or existing problems.
- Ergonomic recommendations and interventions.
- Assistance in selecting appropriate ergonomic equipment.
- Ergonomic education and training.
For further information, visit ND WSI’s website regarding the Ergonomic Initiative Program. Additional Information Here
Or you can contact MobilityPlus to speak with a therapist regarding the program at 701-890-7900 in the Valley City Region or 701-678-2244 in the Gwinner Region.