"My mission is to minimize the impact of disability on all aspects of my client's lives."
I established Linder Consulting in 1990, and have been providing worker’s compensation vocational rehabilitation services to disabled employees since 1981. In order to best serve the needs of employer and insurance carrier clients, Linder Consulting instituted ergonomic and disability management services in 1992. I began offering vocational rehabilitation testimony services to Bay Area attorneys specializing in worker's compensation and employment law in 2005.
What is ergonomics and why is it important?
The basic purpose of ergonomics is to match your job to your particular physical needs rather than vice versa. Everyone readily understands basic ergonomic principles. In his youth, I's third-grade teacher, Ms. Woodward, was constantly telling her students to "walk up", or stand up straight. She was addressing the ergonomic principle of maintaining good posture. Not just back posture, but wrist, neck, and arm posture as Ill. His dad always used to tell him to "let the tool do the work". This applies to avoiding forceful tasks that exceed your physical abilities and letting the tool do what it was designed for.
Another principle is to stay away from uninterrupted, continuous work by taking periodic "mini" breaks to allow your body parts to rest. When I was a boy scout, his scoutmaster would let us take brief rest breaks after hiking for two miles, so that I would have enough energy to finish the entire trip. The final main principle of ergonomics is to avoid tasks that require high repetitions, or to use proven methods to minimize the impact of repetitive movements. Keyboard shortcuts, macros, autocorrect and other modern PC conveniences can significantly reduce repetitive keyboard and mouse movements. Add these features to your tool belt and USE THEM!
In the early stages of industrial injury, it's very important that you take an assertive role by communicating with your doctor, your employer, and any other professionals who are involved in your case. Remember, you know your job better than anyone else; you must keep an open mind, and be creative regarding modifications that might allow you to continue working.