D. C. Taylor Co. Implements Crew Stretching Program to Reduce Injuries

July 31, 2017

Cedar Rapids, IA (July 31, 2017) – D. C. Taylor Co. is pleased to announce its partnership with Iowa City, IA-based Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, LLC, for the creation of a stretching program. “Progressive Rehabilitation Associates works with over 70 employers as part of their injury prevention and ergonomics programs throughout eastern Iowa and D. C. Taylor Co. is the first roofing company to implement a stretching program,” says Adam Calonder, MSPT, DPT, Executive Director of Ergonomics/Injury Prevention at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, LLC. “D. C. Taylor Co. is definitely on the leading edge of this trend in this industry. They understand that investing another 5 minutes per day in their employees’ physical health (over 20 hours per year) will have not only immediate impacts but also help that employee in the long term.”

Crew members will start each workday with 10 dynamic stretches that take just less than 5 minutes to complete. These stretches were selected based on an essential function profile that Calonder performed. After observing and interviewing employees, as well as measuring the weights, forces, heights, and frequencies of the physical work, a specific program was designed to meet the needs and demands of D. C. Taylor Co. laborers.

“Stretching prepares muscles and joints for work by increasing the blood flow to them, therefore increasing oxygen and nutrients to them. This helps reduce breakdown of muscles and joints and injury risk,” explains Calonder.

A poster and short video have been created to provide further instruction to crew members. “We are always striving to reduce injuries. This stretching program is just another example of our continued commitment to our team members’ health and well-being,” adds Kirk Dighton, Safety Manager, D. C. Taylor Co., Cedar Rapids, IA.

About D. C. Taylor Co.
D. C. Taylor Co. is a Cedar Rapids, IA-based roofing contractor with more than 60 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining roofs at commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. With service centers in five states and more than 40 service and roofing crews, D. C. Taylor Co. is poised to respond to customer needs quickly and efficiently. For more information on D. C. Taylor Co., visit www.dctaylorco.com.

About Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, LLC
Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, LLC, is a locally owned provider of injury prevention services and physical, occupational, and speech therapy care. With over 25 years of service, and multiple clinic locations in eastern Iowa, it has built a reputation based upon service, access, and outcomes. For more information, visit www.praiowa.com.

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