Early Prevention & Stay at Work Program


The Rundown

Simply put, the Early Intervention & Stay at Work Program encourages intervening at the earliest possible time to ensure that one of two options are possible; the employee can stay at work and if the employee is off on sick leave, they are able to return as soon as possible.

Together, we will help implement a plan that will allow your employees to return to work safely, be it wither with modified duties, gradual return, or any other temporary accommodation. Plans such as this have been proven to allow employees to have a more complete medical recovery with fewer long-term complications.

We know the average weekly wage loss replacement is $890 and the average claims duration is 31 days.  So, if Early intervention shaves off even 3-5 days (which is extremely conservative) that is saving up to $890 in wage loss alone. As a comparison, early intervention case studies completed with the Alberta OIS model demonstrated reductions in work-time loss from 21 days down to 1 (yes 1 day) on avg.  So, 20 days shaved off of wage replacement costs alone.

If we can reduce the average WTL by 2-3weeks we are talking ~$1700 - $2500 savings in wage replacement costs alone. However, there is also added indirect cost savings in subsequent health care claims costs reductions because we are also decreasing recovery times and healthcare interventions (i.e. unnecessary medical, extended physio treatments, expensive OCC rehab programs, etc.). 

The worker will receive several benefits from this program in the way of: maintained productivity, decreased financial impact on worker (WCB loss time reduces their income by 10%), increased mental health, significantly reduced recovery timelines and reduced risk of re-injury.

The program benefits the employer by reducing direct and indirect claim costs, reducing time loss claims, and improving employee culture.

“Prolonged absence from one’s normal roles, including absence from the workplace, is detrimental to a person’s mental, physical, and social well being.
Physicians should therefore encourage a patient’s return to function and work as soon as possible...
— The physician’s Role in Helping Patients Return to Work After Illness or Injury” CMAJ 1997; 156(%): 680A-F

Areas we look at

• Modified duties to keep worker engaged at work

• Communicate with doctors and physio on TRUE job demands

• Make sure modified duties have PROGRESSION and are not stagnant

• Clear understanding of what worker can and can not do – seek functional evaluations where needed

• RTW plan must reflect growth and accommodate abilities and limitations

• We do not wait to offer MOD and follow up regularly (once per week) to see how the plan is working

Worksafe 2016 stats

• Average work days lost per claim  (all types) 31 days

• Average weekly wage $890 • Most common claim type: Overexertion (41%)

• Average claim cost for Strains (all types) $12,334 (doesn’t include health care costs

• Indirect cots add 4-10 times the direct costs (WCB premiums, decreased productivity, reduced profitability)

• After 12 weeks of loss time, workers only have 50% chance of returning to work