Lift testing screens potential candidates for employment at our Colorado business clients for pre-existing injuries or limitations that would hinder their ability to perform essential job functions. This testing focuses on the actual physical demands of the job that the candidate would be doing, and the ability of the candidate to meet those demands. These tests can also be used for fit-for-duty and return-to-work physicals.
The lift testing we perform is based on OSHA guidelines, and we generally suggest lifting 50 pounds. We created five generic testing templates to choose from, each with a cost associated with the time required to perform the test.
The employer can customize these templates to match job descriptions, job site assessments, or previous test parameters. Tests may include shovels, ladders, stairs, lifting, and push/pull scenarios. They can accommodate most any testing parameters needed to meet the job duties.
Lift Testing is Ideal for Employee Screening
These tests are a catch-all. They can help employers screen candidates during the hiring process by reviewing healthy joint function and good physical condition. Lift testing can even help employees understand proper, safe lifting techniques and postures while performing job functions. Ultimately, the employer may reduce the risk of inheriting pre-existing injuries and maintain a safer workplace.
Workwell staff physical therapists or physical therapist assistants medically supervise the lift tests. They take vitals and have each candidate complete a medical history questionnaire. If any components fall outside normal limits, a physician will review them prior to the test to clear the candidate.
We can perform lift testing at any Workwell Colorado clinic location once the employer establishes the protocol and signs the waiver, and Workwell receives the waiver.
Contact us to learn more about the lift testing and other services we provide at our Colorado clinics.