1. the employee's functional abilities and job demands
2. the disability evaluation
3. when to return the employee to work
4. whether or not the employee can return to the job held prior to the injury
5. the employee's functional abilities away from the job
6. to information to design a rehabilitation plan, if needed
7. the need for other medical intervention and/or treatment
1. sedentary – exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally,
2. light – exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently
3. medium – exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally or 10 to 25 pound of force frequently
4. heavy – exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently
5. very heavy – exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly
1. Balancing Carrying Climbing Crawling
2. Crouching Far vision Feeling Finger dexterity
3. Fingering Handling Hearing Kneeling
4. Lifting Manual dexterity Motor coordination Near vision
5. Pulling Pushing Reaching Sitting
6. Standing Stooping Talking Walking
1. Not Present (Never) – The activity does not exist in the job (example: Crawling could be classified as Not Present in the job)
2. Occasionally – The activity exists less than 1/3 of the time (example: Climbing – occasionally)
3. Frequently – The activity exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time (example: Carrying – frequently)
4. Constantly – The activity exists 2/3 or more of the time (example: Walking – constantly)
Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker and website publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing.
Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.
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