Proactive management is crucial for anxious injured workers

Sarah Duffield

A machine operator who already has minimal work restrictions experiences another injury, this time resulting in ongoing soreness, coupled with anxiety and distress. The result is an extended duration of restricted duties.

Case history: Ms DJ is a 59 year old machine operator who has worked for her employer for 6 years. Her pre-injury role was on day shift, rotating duties through various machines. Her duties required her to use her upper arms regularly to insert goods into machines, perform packing, trimming and assembling.DJ has had soreness at her low back for several years and has worked on restricted duties for the past few years, avoiding tasks which require...

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