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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
| Fran Wagner, of First Response Ergonomics
, has worked with injured and disabled workers since 1988. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (Workers’ Compensation), and a Master’s degree in Human Factors & Ergonomics. She understands how injuries and disabilities affect work functions, and can identify the work functions that are likely to cause injuries.
Fran was first introduced to work limitations as the result of injury or disability when she adjudicated Social Security Disability claims for the Social Security Administration. From there, Fran transitioned into the Workers’ Compensation industry where she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Functional Capacity Evaluator. This is where she came to understand the importance of injury prevention in an attempt to save human resources and Workers’ Compensation costs. Both objectives can be met with early ergonomic intervention.
Fran combines her training in interior design and ergonomics to address design and space-planning problems that can cause ergonomic risk factors in the work place. This kind of intervention is most effective during the design phase of new construction or renovation.
As an independent consultant, Fran does fieldwork in industrial and office settings. In addition to working with private and public sector employees, she co-teaches the Ergonomics component of the Occupational & Environmental Management certificate program at UC Davis, and trains UC Davis staff in Ergonomic Awareness and Evaluation. As a technical writer for Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA, Fran has authored ergonomic training materials that are distributed nationally.
In 1996, Fran founded the Sacramento Ergonomics Roundtable, which continues to be a forum for employers and ergonomics professionals committed to making the work place safe.
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