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From broken leg to throne – the beat goes on

By Theresa Trant

You’re a rock star. In the middle of your concert you fall off the stage and break your leg. What do you do?

If you are Dave Grohl—of Foo Fighters fame—you build yourself a throne and continue to perform. Talk about a creative way to get back to work!

Dave grohl

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We’re very focused on safety on this blog, but sometimes accidents do happen. When they happen, there are lots of things you can do to help in your recovery, including getting back to work. But sometimes that’s easier said than done, and you might need to change up the kinds of things you do at work for a while…

If you happen to get hurt at work, chat with both your employer and doctor about modified work.

What is modified work? It’s making changes to your regular job so that you can still go to work while you recover from your injury. You know your job best and can probably think of creative ideas to change up your work duties so that you can still work as you get back to full strength.

To give you a better idea of what kinds of things you can still do at work, think about small changes you can make to your daily routine, such as:

  • Trying different job tasks or functions (e.g. less lifting, or bending).
  • Modifying your workload (e.g. hours worked per day or your work schedule).
  • Changing your work area (e.g. work in the office, shop or front counter) or the equipment you use to do your job.

There are lots of creative options to help you get back to work after an injury – just ask Dave Grohl!

Do you have a story about getting back to work after an injury? Comment here or tweet us @HeadsUpAB.

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