Williams Occupational Therapy is passionate about driver safety, driver comfort and driver injury prevention. We offer a variety of services to assist corporations reduce costs related to injured drivers, by assisting drivers get behind the wheel, stay behind the wheel, or return to behind the wheel. Offering services in assessment, education and training, Williams Occupational Therapy has a service that can reduce the significant costs related to injured drivers.
VEHICLE ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENT FOR ALL VEHICLES
(including cars, heavy vehicles, forklifts, plant and farm machinery)
The Occupational Safety and Health research has found substantial evidence that ergonomics programs can cut workers’ compensation costs, increase productivity and decrease employee turnover. Workplaces are becoming aware of the need to look at computer workstations and other manual labor workstations to assist reduce work-related injuries. What has been largely overlooked until now is that the vehicle is a workstation too. Whether it is driving to and from a single job, or a large part of everyday work, the car as a work station is just as important to look at for prevention of an injury as other areas of the work environment. Vehicle comfort is essential to maximize concentration and increase driving endurance and safety. Furthermore, research suggests that 75% of Australian road crashes are related to human error. The impact of incorrect ergonomics on fatigue, concentration, and pain is considered by Williams Occupational Therapy to be a safety issue.
The Williams Occupational Therapy approach to this is proactive; our aim is prevention and cost reduction for the organization. Williams Occupational Therapy can tailor an intervention program for your organization. This can include group education programs through to individual assessments and can include the following areas:
1. Entry/Exit of Vehicle
2. Seating adjustments for anthropometrics of the driver
3. Specialised seating and vibration reduction
4. Associated Work Tasks including loading, unloading and manual handling
5. Design and Layout and vehicle selection
6. Modification Requirements
7. Driving Style – assessing the impact on driving endurance
8. Fatigue management
Assessments are conducted in two formats:
Individual 15 minute assessments
Detailed 1 hour individual assessments for a driver which provides a comprehensive detailed report
The Vehicle Ergonomic course can be customised to meet your industry requirements.
Our Occupational Therapists have more than 10 years of industry experience and guarantee a professional learning experience. Learning materials are provided for theory and practical learning.
PRE-WORK DRIVER SCREENING PROGRAMS:
Prevention is the key to cost and incident reduction in the workplace and in the community. Williams Occupational Therapy can provide driver assessments at all levels within an organisation. Designed for new employees, pre-work driver screens can reduce the potential of injury and accidents, and can include the following driver performance areas:
1. Vision – Vision is our most important sense and provides 85-95% of all sensing clues in driving.
2. Cognition – hazard detection, risk management
3. Road Law
4. Commentary & Visual Identification Assessment
6. Vehicle Seating
7. Driving skills
8. Physical Status and Reaction Time
9. Vehicle selection
The pre-work driver screening programs can be customised to meet your industry requirements.
Our Occupational Therapists have industry experience and guarantee a professional outcome. Learning materials are provided for theory and practical learning.
SPECIALISED ASSESSMENT OF INJURED DRIVERS WITH A DRIVER TRAINED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST:
Appropriate for employees following a work-related injury, involving a physical injury, vision issues, driving phobias, or experiencing pain, memory, and/or information processing difficulties. The assessment is designed to examine the needs of the driver and the organisation and ways to potentially get the driver back to driving safely and maximize performance. Assessment format:
1. Initial Interview – medical and driving history
3. On Road Driving – assessing impact of injury on driving safety and legalities
4. Program Planning and Implementation
– on road driving with rehabilitation driving instructor if required
– education in compensatory strategies
– recommendations for appropriate vehicle modifications
If you are looking for an injury prevention service for drivers, or a return to driving assessment service for injured workers, and you want a service that can offer an onsite assessment with experience and qualifications, we ask you to consider Williams Occupational Therapy. If you make contact we can arrange a personal information session and discuss your company’s needs to reduce injured worker-related costs in more detail. Please fill out the customer information sheet below and one of our team will be back in contact with you. Alternatively, you can make contact on 0466 592 891.