Singing River Island is home to an Ingalls Shipbuilding facility dedicated to physical therapy for employees on workers’ compensation.
Shipbuilder, Martin Maples of Ingalls Shipbuilding said, “[It] makes you feel good that the company is investing this time and money into us, because it means they look at us as assets.”
With the help of local physical therapists, Ingalls is providing conditioning and rehabilitation for injured workers.
Program Integration Manager, David Hill, said, “We decided to bring all the workers comp folks getting worse, not better, and get them into a program that got them better.”
Maples said, “When you’re out for a period of time, you lose your muscle tone from whatever your injury is.”
So far the Work Ready Program has seen hundreds of employees that go through workplace simulators to get them ready to go back to work.
Program Director Aaron Pettis of WorkReady said, “This particular room is filled with job simulation activities that are specific to Ingalls—the movements, the postures—that many of these employees actually do on the job."
Maples said, “It’s very similar to the work that we perform on the boat, so it’s really kind of fun, to be honest with you.”
Program leaders call the shipbuilders industrial athletes and said they are happy to help them step back into shape.
Hill said, “Employees are very technical and very qualified. There aren’t a lot of shipbuilders out there, so we have to take care of our employees.”
Ingalls said their priority is taking care of their employees and the WorkReady facility has successfully treated more than 400 Ingalls Shipbuilders.