Work Risk Analysis

The Work Risk Analysis report seeks to identify a comprehensive list of potential physical risk factors for cumulative trauma disorders (CTD) of the neck, upper extremities and lower back presented by the work area, work procedures, and employee behaviors. This report describes the injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system that may be encouraged by these risks. This report then offers a comprehensive set of corrective recommendations that target the reduction of these risks.

The report is compiled by an orthopedic physical therapist specializing in the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injury and disease in the workplace. I offer advanced training and experience in human biomechanics, musculoskeletal disease, and workplace ergonomics.

The evaluation of the work area seeks to identify risk factors presented by the work environment, work procedures, equipment and tools. This evaluation also pays particular attention to worker behaviors in carrying out the job tasks. The manner in which the workers use their bodies to do the jobs is a primary determining factor in workplace injury risks.

This report will identify the specific body motions, postures and external risk factors that lead to specific musculoskeletal stresses. Specific actions can be related to specific diseases and injuries.

The corrective recommendations will suggest improvements in workplace design and procedure, improvements in how the workers use their bodies to do the jobs, and procedures that facilitate greater repair and recovery of the working human body.


Injury Prevention Training Program

Four Components

1. Work Risk Analysis:

  • Review OSHA 300 injury record

  • Examines each job

  • Evaluates workers behaviors and company policies that lead to injuries- claims-costs

  • Written report identifying risk factors, suggestions not limited to ergonomic redesign, offers many no cost low cost alternatives to costly redesign

  • Written Action Plan

2. Manager-supervisor Training on the Neck-Arm CTD School or Back School on:

  • What causes your injuries-claims-costs

  • How to reduce injuries-claims-costs

  • Ergonomics

  • Medical Issues

  • Attitudes & policy issues

  • Return to work strategies

  • Stretching

  • Job rotation

  • Posture control

  • Builds commitment among supervisors to implement your ergonomics plan with cooperation, motivation and skill

  • Employee training will not work unless supervisors are trained first

3. Employee Training

  • For workers on reducing work fatigue-pain-injury

  • Self-care and protection of the working aging body

  • Fatigue avoidance training

  • Trains employees to accept responsibility for the working body

  • Teaches employees to work smart and motivates them to avoid fatigue and discomfort

 4. Ergo-Team Training

  • Advanced training program for your in-house ergo-team to carry on the program when we are finished

  • Team will meet every 2-4 weeks to implement my suggestions on a job-by-job basis

  • Continue to evaluate ongoing problem jobs



The office work risk analysis is a written report and includes the following:

  • Review OSHA 300 injury record

  • An evaluation of work design and worker habits.

  • Biomechanical work task description.

  • Identification of risk factors that may be causing a problem or have the potential to cause a problem.

  • Photographs and/or video which depict problems and risk factors.

  • Specific recommendations for reducing risk factors.

  • The corrective recommendations in the WRA report fall into 5 categories 

  1. Job design ergonomics — Reduce the required stresses of the job.

  2. Education — Teach people not just WHAT to do but WHY to do.

  3. Exposure Reduction — Reduce time exposure to stresses.

  4. Stretching Exercises — To increase relaxation and circulatory perfusion.

  5. Empowerment/Enforcement — Enforce the policies you decide are right for your company.

  • Specific recommendations & solutions for redesigning the work area when necessary.

  • Recommendations for ergonomic equipment, including sources for obtaining equipment and estimates of cost of equipment upon request.

  • Follow up worksite re-assessment recommended 3 to 6 months following the evaluation once recommended changes have been made. Will provide instruction regarding use of equipment once purchased.

  • Questions regarding the ergonomic evaluation are welcomed at anytime!