Seattle, WA: 206-521-5676 Olympia, WA: 360-236-8748 Portland/Salem, OR: 503-768-9742 Info@SolutionsNW.com
Job Opening: Ergonomics/Accommodations and Vocational Consultant  – 2022

Job Opening: Ergonomics/Accommodations and Vocational Consultant – 2022

To apply, please submit resume to recruiter@solutionsnw.com

Solutions Northwest, Inc. is a small consulting firm providing vocational, ergonomics, ADA accommodation and jobsite modification services in the Pacific NW.   To meet current business demands, we are seeking to hire an individual whose responsibilities will be two-fold:

  1. Working with one client who has a robust integrated disability management program. This is a “return-to-work, stay at work” program where employees as well as the employer calls us to seek accommodations to keep them working, or to get back to work when they are off work. The program is so robust that not returning to work with this employer is rare. You will be working with individuals that have an occupational or non-occupational injury/illness and providing them with ergonomics assessments, ADA accommodations, and jobsite modification services. We have a case load waiting for you, with no hustle on your part to get it. It is excellent billing, a great team and the opportunity to be a part of what “stay at work” and “return to work” should look like, with full support from management, employees, and their supervisors.
  2. Working as a Vocational Consultant for Washington Workers’ Compensation system making eligibility recommendations for vocational services, developing training plans and doing all aspects of case management.

Solutions Northwest, Inc. supports autonomy, independence, and purpose for our consultants. We provide you with quality office furnishings, computer equipment, tech support, and we set up your home office.  We also have an administrative team that works to support your success.  We strive for and expect excellence, and the admin team helps to be sure this occurs on a consistent basis.

We work out of a real time database system so everyone is seeing the same information at the same time. This system supports those that work the billable hour making it easy to track your work and be productive.

Successful applicants will want to come ready to work full-time for this great opportunity. We offer a competitive salary, paid time off, health benefits, and continuing education reimbursement. Other benefits can be negotiated.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Ergonomics/Accommodation Consultant for ONE client (~50% of the time)

  • Coordinate ADA accommodations and transitional duty for employees with illnesses and injuries (both on-the-job and non-occupational)
  • Conduct on-site and virtual business and home office ergonomic/accommodation assessments
  • Complete standardized ergonomic/accommodation reports with specific product recommendations when appropriate
  • Work closely with the supervisor and employee in the interactive process to ensure accommodations and worksite modifications meet the employees’ needs
  • Oversee the completion of all worksite modifications to ensure that the recommendations have been carried out accurately
  • Complete follow up assessments and interventions as needed
  • Work closely with customers to ensure that the services provided agree with contractual obligations and/or outlined processes and procedures
  • Manage assigned accounts using an in-house database/practice management software
  • Work closely with the vocational/ergonomic/accommodation/HR team
  • Provide job analyses when necessary
  • Participate in a variety of project-related activities

Secondary Job Responsibilities

Vocational Consultant (~50% of the time)

  • Manage a caseload and provide vocational rehabilitation services for workers’ compensation claims
  • Ensure statutory and administrative code compliance throughout the vocational rehabilitation process
  • Review medical records and follow medical treatment to insure timely evaluation of the claimant’s permanent physical capacities
  • Conduct interviews with claimants to obtain work history and other pertinent information
  • Evaluate claimant work and education histories, as well as other pertinent information, as part of the assessment process
  • Prepare written job analyses incorporating information collected from employers and other data resources
  • Administer, score and evaluate vocational testing to determine the claimant’s functioning abilities and interests
  • Conduct transferable skill assessment to determine residual skills and suitable return to work options
  • Conduct Labor Market Surveys to obtain employment data to determine appropriate occupations
  • Prepare Initial, Progress, and Closing Reports
  • Prepare vocational evaluations outlining vocational recommendations regarding employability
  • Develop, write, and oversee vocational training plans
  • Provide expert testimony regarding vocational matters
  • Assess return-to-work barriers and determine if work modifications are necessary
  • Coordinate work modifications as needed
  • Work closely with referral sources, claimants, employers, and attorneys to provide timely and appropriate vocational services
  • Manage assigned cases using in-house database/practice management software

Qualifications and Education Required

  • Master’s Degree in vocational rehabilitation or in a related field preferred
  • 2-3 years of experience in the field of Vocational Services required with a CRC or CDMS preferred
  • CPDM certification a plus
  • Experience in vocational case management, ergonomics, accommodations and jobsite modifications is preferred but will train
  • Preferred Washington State Workers’ Compensation experience.
  • Must demonstrate superior skills in problem solving, negotiating, organizing, and time management
  • Must be proficient in MS WORD, Internet, Email applications, and database experience is a plus
  • Must have superior written and verbal communication and customer service skills
  • Must be accurate, detail oriented, and able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Must have working knowledge of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities in a very fast-paced environment
  • Must demonstrate superior problem solving, negotiating, organizing and time management skills
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to lift/carry/move materials weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Must be able to travel as required throughout Washington State, which may include overnight stays
  • Must have a valid Washington driver’s license in good standing

Interested parties can apply via the recruiter@solutionsnw.com

4 Tips to Improve Your Posture at Work

4 Tips to Improve Your Posture at Work

4 Tips to Improve Your Posture at Work

4 Tips to Improve Your Posture at WorkErgonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.

Low Back Pain (LBP) is the “most common cause of work-related disability in people under 45 years of age and the most expensive cause of work-related disability, in terms of workers’ compensation and medical expenses,” according to NIH.gov. With statistics like this, it’s no secret that the posture of desk job workers is poor for most working adults, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed.

There are some steps you can take to ensure you’re still getting your job done while also improving your posture. Our ergonomics experts have gathered a few tips to help you focus on the work you’ve got to do in comfort.

Benefits of Ergonomics in The Workplace

First, it is important to understand that there are several benefits to ensuring that an office is designed with proper ergonomics in mind. The first benefit is improvement in the health of all employees.

Another common benefit of ergonomics in the workplace is better mental focus. This is important for every business because the more focus employees have while at work, the higher their production levels are throughout the day.

In fact, poor posture is one of the more noticeable impacts of neglecting ergonomics in office design. Below are a few tips on how to improve posture while working a desk job from the ergonomics consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc.

1. Keep Your Posture Neutral

Ergonomics experts suggest that it is important to keep your spine in a neutral position when you sit at your desk. This means your position is straight from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes.

It’s not uncommon for your posture to be affected by slouching or hunching over your desk, which can lead to tension throughout your muscles and nerve pinches.

Investing in ergonomic furniture will help worker’s achieve better posture by providing adjustable desk height, proper monitor placement, and chair support.

Related Article: “The Ergonomics Way to Sit at Your Desk and View Your Monitor

2. Sit Against the Chair

As we begin working at our desk we naturally move closer to the desk and start hovering over it. Ergonomics experts recommend that workers be mindful when this starts to happen and ensure that one’s back is pressed against the chair. Also, the shoulders should be back, but relaxed.

3. Take Breaks

Sitting down or laying down for too long can have adverse reactions on your health. It’s for this reason you need to ensure that you give yourself breaks and get away from your desk from time to time.

You don’t have to leave your desk, but giving yourself time to stand up and get the blood flowing to your legs is helpful.

Related article: “Break Time: 5 Reasons Work Breaks Boost Productivity

Remote Worker Ergonomics Assessment4. Invest in an Ergonomics Assessment

Whether you are working in the office or working from home, every office workplace is different based on a worker’s needs. The best way to ensure proper posture and avoid injury is to invest in an ergonomics assessment from an expert.

Ergonomic assessments are an investment in your business or yourself, as having proper ergonomic design will lead to improved productivity, happier workers, and less injuries.

With the recent boom in remote work, Virtual Ergonomics Assessment options have started to become popular. These assessments can be done through a mobile phone or e-mail and may be more affordable than usual.

Stay Productive with Your Health at Work

If you’re looking to improve posture at work, you can try taking more breaks to move around, ensure your back is firmly against your chair, and that your workspace is designed with ergonomics in mind. Try these tips at work and watch it work wonders for your posture.

If you need help creating a more ergonomic workplace for yourself or your employees contact the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. for more information. You may also want to consider an affordable virtual ergonomics assessment, which can be done remotely (all you need is access to e-mail or a smart phone).

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR.

Virtual Ergonomics Assessment available nationwide!

 
 

 

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

Business 101: Why Insurers Use Vocational Experts

Business 101: Why Insurers Use Vocational Experts

Business 101: Why Insurers Use Vocational Experts

Business 101: Why Insurers Use Vocational Experts

Is your company facing a workers’ compensation or disability claim? If so, a vocational expert can help you reach a reasonable settlement with the employee making a claim.

Insurers often hire vocational experts to assist with conducting a vocational assessment and understanding all the case facts. So, it’s a good idea for your business to understand why.Contact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle Washington

Keep reading to learn more about working with a vocational expert.

What Do Vocational Experts Do?

Vocational experts give an independent assessment of whether someone’s physical condition prohibits them from earning a living. They analyze whether injured workers suffered a partial or total disability and how this affects their future employment potential.

To do this, first, they need to conduct a vocational assessment. This assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s work profile. It includes:

  • Background
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Training
  • Occupational requirements
  • Interests
  • Work styles
  • Personality

The vocational assessment will also include an overview of employee disabilities or health conditions and cognitive abilities.

After the vocational assessment is complete, the vocational expert will need to examine objective evidence in the case provided by:

  • Physicians
  • Insurance companies
  • Insurance employers
  • Medical records

This will help the vocational expert conclude a fair way to settle the workers’ compensation or disability claim.

Not just anyone can be a vocational expert. They need substantial credentials to back up their opinions in court, so you will likely need to hire a vocational expert outside of your in-house staff if you don’t already retain one.

The Importance of a Vocational Expert Testimony

Contact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle WashingtonJudges, juries, and insurance companies hold vocational expert opinions in high regard. So when their testimony goes to court, it’s a substantial piece of evidence, whether for or against your business.

Insurance companies hire vocational experts to substantiate the claims made by the employer. Insurers don’t want to pay out more money and benefits than they need to in a lawsuit.

This is good for your business. It could lessen your responsibility for the matter at hand.

However, an employee can also hire a vocational expert of their own. Since disputes run through the court system, injured employees may try everything to substantiate their own claims.

Should an employee hire their own vocational expert, it’s even more important your business and insurer have one too.

The experts will each testify in the case. If your employee has a vocational expert and your business doesn’t, the court may find you more liable to the employee’s claims.

When each party has an expert on its side, they will battle out in court before agreeing to a settlement.

Your business’s vocational expert will explain why the worker can return to work, even if in a limited capacity. The employee’s vocational expert will explain why the worker is entitled to worker compensation or disability benefits.

They will use a vocational assessment and evidence from the incident to determine the case’s outcome.

Protect Your Business and Hire a Vocational Expert Today

If your business is facing a disability or workers’ compensation claim, make sure to have a vocational expert on your side.

To speak with our vocational experts, contact us at Solutions Northwest, Inc. Our experts are knowledgeable about ADA accommodation issues, disability and injury management, and workers’ compensation. We are happy to assist you!

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Contact the Vocational Consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Contact our Vocational Consultants

5 Reasons to Get an Ergonomic Standing Desk

5 Reasons to Get an Ergonomic Standing Desk

5 Reasons to Get an Ergonomic Standing Desk

5 Reasons to Get an Ergonomic Standing Desk

On average, approximately 60% of U.S. adults do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity and 25% are not active at all. Inactivity can worsen with sedentary jobs and when sitting for prolonged periods while working. Investing in office ergonomics and purchasing an ergonomic standing desk can help improve a worker’s health, reduce inactivity, and even improve energy and productivity while working.

How do you know the best type of standing desk for you or your employees? An ergonomics consultant can best pinpoint specific workspace needs to reduce health risks and pain at work with an ergonomics assessment. In this blog we will explore five reasons your next purchase should be an ergonomic standing desk, so keep reading for more information!

Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.What Is an Ergonomic Standing Desk?

Have you considered buying a standing desk for yourself or your employees? Ultimately – a standing desk is an ergonomic workstation that lets you remain standing while working on your computer or other tasks.

There are a few different types of standing desks, such as fixed-height and sit-to-stand desks. However, it is important to have a balance of both sitting and standing while working, so an adjustable sit-to-stand desk may be your best option.

Related Blog Article: “Sitting vs Standing at Your Desk

1. You Can Alternate Between Sitting and Standing

When employees hear of “standing” desks, they may think they’re going to be stuck standing all the time. However, a good ergonomic standing-desk will be adjustable and allow workers to sit and stand throughout the day. Furthermore, these standing desks are often motorized, making it simple to go from sitting to standing with a push of a button.

2. Standing Gets Your Body Moving

Sitting or lying down burns the least amount of calories, so simply adding standing during your workday can get your blood moving.

According to Healthline, “when you stand, you burn anywhere from 100 to 200 calories an hour. It all depends on your gender, age, height, and weight. Sitting, by comparison, only burns 60 to 130 calories an hour.” Healthline goes on to say, “when you’re on your feet, you activate your muscle mass. This muscle mass helps you burn more calories. Plus, when you stand, you’re moving your body more. All of those foot taps and stretches can add up over time.”

3. Help Avoid Cardiovascular Disease Risks

Research has proven that sitting for long periods and sedentary behavior increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.

The average adult sits between five to eight hours daily. In some instances, prolonged sitting can negate the positive benefits of exercise and activity. Instead, moving throughout the day or using a standing desk can help get your body moving and maybe even encourage you to move than you usually do on the workday.

Take your standing desk to the next level and incorporate a few minutes walking around the house or office for the best results.Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.

4. Decrease Back Pain

Do you find your back pain increasing when working from home or after sitting all day at the office? The problem could lie in how you spend most of your day: sitting. Instead, a standing desk can help reduce strain on your low back and neck.

Even if you deal with chronic back pain, making the switch can have immediate effects.

5. Proper Ergonomics Improves Energy and Productivity While Working

Standing improves energy expenditure compared to sitting and sit-to-stand desks are likely to improve the ergonomics of your workstation. As a result of the comfort and less strain on the body, worker’s will be in a better mood, which leads to improved productivity.  In fact, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry, “on average, an ergonomics assessment will pay for itself in about 8.4 months” due to more comfortable and happier workers. In fact, happiness alone “led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive” according to the University of Warwick.

A sit-to-stand desk is a step in the right direction when designing an office with ergonomics in mind. Furthermore, investing in an ergonomics assessment to ensure maximum comfort and productivity for yourself or for your employees is also highly recommended.

Improving Your Ergonomic Workplace

We hope this blog gets you started on the path of setting up proper ergonomics for your workstation. If you or your employees need assistance improving your in-office or home-office ergonomics, consider contacting the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. for a consultation. We offer both in-person ergonomics assessments and virtual ergonomics assessment. Through our detailed assessment tools, you can find out exactly what you need to fix in the office for better health and productivity in the workspace.

An ergonomic standing desk is one way you can start improving your overall caloric expenditure and health. We can help you get started using a standing desk for the best outcomes.

Check out our website SolutionsNW.com for more details on how you can find the best office setup today!

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

Subscribe to our ergonomics blog for more ergonomics tips from Solutions Northwest Inc., ergonomics evaluations available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Salem, OR.

Virtual Ergonomics Assessment available nationwide!

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

The Importance of Getting a Personal Injury Vocational Evaluation

The Importance of Getting a Personal Injury Vocational Evaluation

The Importance of Getting a Personal Injury Vocational Evaluation

Has your company been hit with a personal injury case? The average payout to settle those types of cases is $52,900. Contact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle Washington

Did you know that you can lower your exposure to high settlements through a personal injury vocational evaluation? Vocational testing comes with many benefits. The main one is the ability to find out what your employee’s personal injury earning capacity is. Next, we’ll explore some of the benefits of this type of professional evaluation. 

Why is a Vocational Injury Evaluation Important?

A major part of any personal injury claim involves determining post-earning capacity. These steps happen before a court case begins. This information is critical for determining the size of monetary judgments or settlements.

The information gathered by a vocational injury evaluator is allowed in court. Is your company trying to assess the earnings capacity of an employee?

Without the help of an evaluator, the information you gather may not be credible in court.  

What is a Personal Injury Vocational Evaluator?

A vocational evaluator undergoes specialized training. The training allows him or her to assess the plaintiff’s ability to resume work. 

A vocational expert may have a degree in vocational rehabilitation. Or they may have studied psychology, counseling, or vocational evaluation. 

Beyond college-level training, some vocational evaluators go on to earn certifications. These might include Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE) or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Some vocational experts also testify as a vocational expert witness.

The vocational evaluations often determine what suitable jobs or career paths are suitable for the worker. In some cases, the worker may not be able to return to work at all or can only do so when special accommodations are made. 

Contact Vocational Consultants for Assessments on Worker Compensation Seattle WashingtonWhat Happens During a Personal Injury Vocational Evaluation?

Every personal injury vocational evaluation is unique. In general, the process involves an initial interview with the injured party. Then there is an interview with the physician who treated the injured individual.

During the clinical interview, the vocational evaluator gathers biographical information. This can include work and medical history and other data.

The evaluator may also collect information on the injured party’s vocational goals. Or info on current physical limitations.  

If the injured individual is the defendant, the vocational evaluator may have to rely on court documents. Or the evaluator may read interviews conducted by an expert who works for the plaintiff. 

The evaluator conducts vocational analysis. They may include what’s known as a transferable skills analysis. The evaluator may conduct a market survey. The final step involves the creation of an evaluation report that can be used in court.  

Protect Your Business from Personal Injury Lawsuits

Is your company facing a personal injury lawsuit? You need to understand how the personal injury vocational evaluation works. The information from the vocational evaluations determines the outcomes of monetary awards or settlements. 

Our practitioners at Solutions Northwest, Inc. understand injury prevention and intervention principles. To schedule your meeting, contact us today to see how our company can be of help to you.

Our vocational experts are involved in personal injury, workers’ compensation, family law and can provide vocational expert witness testimony.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

Subscribe to our blog for more work related tips from Solutions Northwest, Inc., experts available in: Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Olympia, WA, Vancouver, WA, Kent, WA Renton, WA, Beaverton, WA

Contact the Vocational Consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Contact our Vocational Consultants

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