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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Bester, George Francis
Email besterf@eskom.co.za
URN etd-10292008-180442
Document Title A task-specific approach to job accommodation in physically-demanding positions
Degree DPhil
Department Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences
Advisor Name Title
Prof P E Kruger Supervisor
  • critical physical demands
  • task-specific
  • physically-demanding tasks
  • physically-demanding job outputs
  • physically-demanding positions
  • physical work capacity
  • physical ability testing
  • minimum physical requirements
  • incapacity
  • job analysis
  • job accommodation
  • inherent requirements of a job
Date 2008-09-05
Availability unrestricted

Throughout the world, including South Africa, various approaches have been identified and implemented in an attempt to ensure that employees in physically-demanding positions are properly managed from a physical work capacity point of view, the primary goal always being to return the employee in need of assistance to full working capacity as soon as possible. The burning question has, however, always remained: “What happens to the employee in the meantime?”

This study focused on exactly that question, the aim being to develop a comprehensive tool to assist all parties concerned in managing the affected employee through the application of task-specific job accommodation.

The predetermined goal of the study was to develop a task-specific job accommodation tool for a physically-demanding position. This was achieved through a number of steps, which included an extensive literature review, a thorough job analysis, identification of a suitable test battery with related minimum physical requirements and cut scores, interviews, and the eventual development of the tool.

Once the task-specific job accommodation tool was completed, the next step was to make use of three case studies to assist in illustrating the way the tool is to be implemented, as well as to show the potential value of its implementation. The information from three actual incapacity cases in the company concerned was used for these case studies.

The results from this study are extremely positive and the three case studies have provided a glimpse of the potential value that could be added through the implementation of the job accommodation tool. The final product will greatly assist the company concerned in managing incapacitated employees in a manner that is beneficial to both the company and the individuals involved. Hopefully, this study will contribute to bring about a new era in the way South African companies and their occupational health departments approach the management of their incapacitated employees.

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Please cite as follows:

Bester, GF 2008, A task-specific approach to job accommodation in physically-demanding positions, DPhil thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10292008-180442 / >


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