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Workplace Safety Enhanced by 'The Economies of Prior to Hire Functional Exams'

July 29, 2014 - Posted by Dr. Steven Crawford

When a worker applies for physically demanding job, it is important to match the physical abilities of that worker to the physical demands of the job.  This is an essential step in worker safety and in reducing on-the-job injuries. The physical demands of the position often go unaddressed in the pre-employment process, which can result in a mismatch of what the employee can do and the physical demands the job. This mismatch often leads to work related injuries, and if the physical capabilities of the applicant are in line with the physical demands of the job initially, fewer injuries will occur. 

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Dr. Steven Crawford

Steven Crawford, M.D., C.I.M.E., is Corporate Medical Director, Meridian Occupational Health, a multi-site hospital-affiliated occupational medicine practice at the Jersey Shore. He has been practicing Occupational Medicine for 25 years. He also practices and serves as a clinical instructor in Sports Medicine at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. He is a certified Independent Medical Examiner, certified as a Medical Examiner for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). In addition, he has a background in emergency medicine and experience in addiction medicine. Among other professional activities, Dr. Crawford is president of the board of the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals.

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