An increasingly popular exam among Mobile Health’s DOT clients is the physical ability test.
These exams simulate the physical demands of a job and ascertain whether or not an employee is able to perform their job without risk of injury. A physical ability test can help companies avoid potentially costly injuries (in terms of employee health & safety, as well as in workers’ compensation claims), and can foster a healthier workplace. Contact us today with any questions about physical ability exams, or set up a corporate account above.
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Why do a physical ability exam?
Mobile Health has found that over 11% of physical ability exam takers fail the exam, which means they are unable to physically perform their job. This is a sizeable chunk of a workforce.
If these people had not taken the exam and their physical inabilities not been realized, they could easily suffer or cause severe injury on the job.
Pre-Employment Physical Ability Tests are a great way to make sure that the right individuals are hired for the right job. These evaluations can lead to reduced workplace accidents, lower workers’ compensation claims, and less frequent employee work stoppages. They can also reassure a customer that employees of your company are physically capable of performing their jobs.
What sort of companies request DOT physical ability tests?
Moving Companies & Driver Unloading Jobs:
Physical ability exams are often used by moving companies to see if employees can perform both the lifting and driving functions required by their job.
Employees of moving companies are expected to withstand high physical demands as part of their regular workday. Occasionally, these demands may exceed the employees’ physical abilities. This is why Mobile Health recommends a Physical Ability Test for all moving companies and other industries that have high physical demands of their employees.
Flatbed drivers can spend much of their time strapping down their loads. In these cases, conditions such as arthritis or nerve damage can impair a driver’s ability to both throw and fasten their straps. A physical ability exam can gauge a driver’s health for strapping down loads.
Please contact Mobile health for information on how physical ability tests may benefit your DOT regulated fleet. Please visit our Total DOT Solutions page to see how Mobile Health can help your fleet.