AthletiCo Physical Therapy Enhances Work Rehabilitation Program by
Offering Ergonomics and Job Analysis
Programs provide area companies resource to reduce workers’ compensation costs
Oak Brook, IL (Vocus) May 31, 2010 -- AthletiCo Physical and Occupational Therapy, an Illinois and
Milwaukee-based provider of rehabilitation services, recently hired Keri Harris, MS, OTR/L, to manage its
Ergonomics and Job Analysis Program. Harris’s role as the Ergonomics and Job Analysis Program Manager
enhances AthletiCo’s already well-established Work Rehabilitation Program by providing pre-injury solutions to
employers to help reduce their exposure risk and the costs associated with workers’ compensation claims.
According to Michael Trombetta, AthletiCo’s Director of Work Rehabilitation Business Development, the hiring
of Harris has enabled AthletiCo to provide expertise from a licensed occupational therapist in Ergonomics, Job
Analysis, and Post-Offer Pre-Employment Tests.
“We are now positioned in an area where we can offer employers an expert to determine what problem areas they
are experiencing or may be potentially exposed to in the work setting,” says Trombetta. “The value of reduction
of workers’ compensation claims is threefold: reduction of medical costs, reduction of worker replacement costs,
and reduction of indemnification costs.”
Through the Ergonomics and Job Analysis Program, AthletiCo’s therapists can assist companies with on-site
evaluation for computer and workstation settings, individual or multiple evaluations, one-on-one education of
workstation set-up, injury prevention education, and back safety and proper lifting education. In addition, by
recommending or requesting an ergonomic evaluation or job analysis, physicians, nurse case managers, and
employers can work together to resolve worker cases faster.
“By determining the physical demands of the job through a job analysis, employers can make better
return-to-work determinations,” says Harris. “Implementation of ergonomic interventio