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Ideas for Return to Work to help Recovering Workers and Work Comp

Ideas for Return to Work Duties

Transportation, Trucking and Warehousing

Use this chart to find possible transitional job duties for recovering workers. The ideas presented here should be adapted to your own situation to help the returning employee be as productive as possible. Always evaluate the unique conditions of an employee’s injury when assigning transitional duties.

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Type of Injury
Alternative Duty Options Back Lower Extremity Upper Extremity

Warehouse/Loading Dock Workers
Comparison shopper (Are suppliers providing best product/prices, competitors’ prices/services) Yes Yes Yes
Conduct customer opinion surveys (via telephone) Yes Yes Yes
Driver’s assistant Possible No Possible
Forklift pre-shift inspector Yes Yes Yes
Housekeeping Possible Possible Yes
SDS book updater/organizer Yes Yes Possible
Outside maintenance (dragging gravel lot, planting, watering) Yes Yes Yes
Pallet and high stack rack inspector Yes Yes Yes
Performing customer site safety evaluation/recommendations Possible Possible Yes
Power tool inspector/inventory taker/minor maintenance Yes Yes Possible
Pre-shift prep (all tools and equipment out prior to shift) Possible Possible Possible
Production assistant Yes Yes Yes
Quality control inspector (pick accuracy, safe practices) Yes Yes Yes
Safety striper/painter (pedestrian aisles, loading docks) Possible Possible Possible
Small-sign painter Yes Yes Possible
Specialty event representative Yes Yes Yes
Superintendent/manager assistant Possible Possible Possible
Tool sharpener or tool and property engraver Possible Yes No
Trade show booth person Possible Possible Possible
Vehicle/equipment washer Possible Possible Possible
Attend vendor-provided specialty or recurring training Yes Yes Yes
Conduct ergonomic assessments Possible Yes Yes
Cross trainer/mentor Yes Yes Yes
Develop safety training schedule, identify and schedule topics/trainers Yes Yes Yes
Foreign language translator (translate policies/practices) Yes Yes No
Label pipes/conduit/breaker boxes Yes Yes Yes
Mail/fax delivery for small packages Possible Possible Yes
Research laws/regulations pertaining to industry Yes Yes Yes
Review and evaluate safety training videos, recommend those to use for training Yes Yes Yes
Review and update safety programs (accident prevention, evacuation maps, etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Rotate/replace/update/clean warning signs or posters Yes Yes Yes
Safety inspector on fire extinguishers, extension cords, first aid kits, emergency exit routes, etc. Yes Yes Yes
Safety program trainer Yes Yes Yes
Special research projects (industry trends) Yes Yes Yes
Take company vehicles to shop for service (oil change, tire rotation, etc.) Possible Possible Yes
Vehicle inspector Yes Yes Yes
Videotape operator for record of property or process Yes Yes Yes

Drivers
Attend specialty or recurring training (DOT, Motor Carrier, etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Audit driver logs Yes Yes Yes
Dispatch Yes Yes Yes
Driver supervisor Possible Possible Possible
Driver training Yes Possible Possible
Light maintenance (dragging gravel lot, planting, watering) No Possible Possible
LOCAL driver Possible Possible Yes
Mechanic’s assistant Possible Possible Yes
SDS book updater/organizer Yes Yes Yes
Research laws/regulations pertaining to industry Yes Yes Yes
Special research projects (industry trends) Yes Yes Yes
Vehicle inspector Yes Yes Yes
Vehicle/equipment washer Possible Possible Possible
Warehouse duties Yes Yes Yes
Develop safety training schedule, identify and schedule topics/trainers Yes Yes Yes
Foreign language translator (translate policies/practices/posters to other common languages) Yes Yes Yes
Label pipes/conduit/breaker boxes Yes Yes Yes
Review and update safety programs (accident prevention program, evacuation maps, etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Review, evaluate and recommend safety training videos for staff training Possible Possible Yes
Rotate/replace/update/clean warning signs or posters Yes Yes Yes
Safety inspector on fire extinguishers, extension cords, first aid kits, emergency exit routes, etc. Yes Yes Yes
Safety program trainer Yes Yes Yes
Site housekeeping (pick up debris, organize equipment) Yes Yes Yes
Videotape record of property or process Yes Yes Yes

For more ideas call and speak to a truck insurance specialists

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