For jobs that consist of heavy lifting or frequent movement, it’s important for your potential employees to be able to meet the physical demands. Upon hire, a physical capability test (also called a Lift Test) is beneficial for the success and well-being of both your company and its employees.
- It helps determine the best fit for the job.
A new employee may take a Lift Test to ensure that any pre-existing medical conditions or
disabilities do not interfere with the job’s requirements. In addition to a pre-employment
physical, a Lift Test is great for evaluating an employee’s physical capabilities, and it can help you determine physical job responsibilities the employee is best suited for. They also give your employees the opportunity to address any medical conditions aggravated by the job, and request accommodations in advance if needed.
- It can prevent costly workers’ compensation claims in the long run.
As an employer, documentation of physical capabilities through a Lift Test can avoid costly worker’s compensation claims. For instance, if a new employee with a back issue develops more serious back problems caused by the job’s physical requirements, the cost could be on you as the employer. These situations can be prevented with a Lift Test upon hire, which can
save you lost money and time.
- It can help you determine whether an employee is ready to return to work.
While Lift Tests can help you take preventative measures for work-related injuries, they can also help determine when and employee can return to work after an injury. If an employee sustains an injury that prevents them from lifting or frequently moving, a Lift Test can be administered to determine their physical capabilities post-injury. This protects the employee from further worsening the injury through the job’s physical demands, and it also ensures productivity when he or she returns to work.