Occupational Medicine

Worksite Injury Prevention Program

The St. Luke’s Worksite Injury Prevention Program is a comprehensive system focused on the reduction of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk in the workplace. We strive for proactive and preventive medicine as opposed to a reactive approach to sustained injuries. Our system recognizes risk factors and early warning signs with the use of ergonomic evaluations, job task analysis and one-on-one consultations with employees. Our proven injury prevention system can be tailored and implemented to meet any facility’s specific needs. We will work with your safety team to create a safer workplace and healthy workforce.

Our Team

  • Board-Certified Occupational Medicine Physicians
  • Certified Industrial Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Medicine Case Managers

The St. Luke’s Injury Prevention Specialist

The St. Luke’s injury prevention specialist is a certified athletic trainer and certified ergonomic assessment specialist with an expertise in industrial settings. Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventive services, emergency care, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Our injury prevention specialists excel in the development and management of OSHA compliant programs designed to keep employees working at full capacity.

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Kyra Dodson, MS, LAT-ATC, CEAS
St. Luke’s Occupational Medicine
Worksite Injury Prevention Coordinator
Lead Industrial Athletic Trainer

Kyra Dodson is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She earned a Masters of Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina. Kyra is a certified ergonomic assessment specialist and has experience in multiple industrial settings.

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Benefits of Injury Prevention Program

Why treat injuries when you can prevent them? Choose our proactive approach! A comprehensive workplace injury prevention program can have a big impact on both employee wellness and the company’s success. We can help you:

  • Reduce claims
  • Reduce cost
  • Improve quality
  • Improve productivity
  • Create a safer workplace
  • Create a healthy workforce

OSHA estimates that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the United States account for over 600,000 injuries and illnesses (34 percent) of all lost workdays reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Worksite Injury Prevention Program Categories / Objectives

Pre-Shift Warm-Up Stretching
  • Program Design – Department Specific
  • Program Establishment and Site Implementation
  • Stretch Leader Education and Training
  • Team Member Education and Training

The Pre-Shift Warm-Up and Stretching program is the first step in the implementation of the Worksite Injury Prevention Program. After thorough observation and employee feedback, a warm-up and stretching protocol is made specifically for the site. This program can be site wide or specific to each department. All team members and warm-up and stretching program leads will be trained and educated as to the benefits of the program and the proper execution. The success of the program will be tracked by the athletic trainer and routinely adjusted and improved to meet the ever-changing needs of the facility.

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Early Intervention
  • One-on-one consultations
  • Early fatigue recognition and identification
  • Self-care education
  • Root cause identification
  • Follow-up
  • Return to work

Early recognition of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) warning signs and quick intervention is crucial to the success of the Worksite Injury Prevention Program. Without the appropriate professional attention, fatigue and discomfort can easily develop into an injury and lost time. This has negative effects for both the employee and the employer. The St. Luke’s Worksite Injury Prevention Program will identify MSD risk factors and implement specialized intervention solutions before a work-related injury occurs.

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Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics training
  • Ergonomic risk assessment
  • Solution development and implementation
  • Job rotation
  • Body mechanics evaluation
  • Best practice protocol development

Our Injury Prevention Specialists will perform ergonomic assessments and job hazard analysis on equipment and employee-centered tasks. Injury risk ratios are created with this objective data. This information is used to develop and implement ergonomic based solutions. Employees will be trained and educated on proper body mechanics and appropriate ergonomic controls.

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Wellness Program
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Recovery
  • Habits
  • And more

Topics such as hydration, a healthy diet and maintaining physical fitness are important to the health and safety of any workforce. The injury prevention specialist can educate employees on wellness topics and facilitate further care as needed in partnership with St. Luke’s.

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