IAM CREST has a professional staff of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors to provide return to work assistance in reducing workers' compensation costs.
IAM CREST also sponsors the IAM/BOEING Return to Work program. Jointly founded in 1991 by IAM District 751 and BOEING, this program received high recognition in successfully offering a model job re-entry program. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors work closely with medical care providers, insurance company representatives, the Boeing management, the local union, and the injured workers to facilitate their return to work in a safe and productive environment as soon as possible.
In addition, IAM CREST has two Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors providing services to employees with Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.
CREST operates on the commitment and successful principles shared by these IAM programs.
Nationally, the cost of work-related injuries, medical services, and lost production time are ataggering. Yet, monetary costs are only part of the picture. Too often, injured workers can become lost in the complexity of meeting medical and legal requirements.
CREST provides a structured re-entry system including; early intervention, coordination of services, and medical and vocational case management. When necessary, workers who cannot return to their former duties can be re-trained and returned to related positions.
CREST provides a direct focus and a direct route back to work. Employers can be assured government regulations and A.D.A. requirements are being met.
In the year 2000, the Department of Labor & Industries of Washington state. with the goal to reduce occupational injuries of employees and worker compensation costs to employers, awarded CREST a grant. CREST will offer Safety & Health training and Return-to-Work services to over 220 employers throughout the state.