Testimonials

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  • "ErgoFit Consulting is the 'go-to' company (in my opinion) for all matters related to ergonomics.  I know them to be committed to meeting the needs of their clients, and I feel confident that they will be able to help guide you." - Karen L. Beisner, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, Senior Services (Seattle)
  • "It's been great working with you! Everyone who's worked with your team has only had good things to say, so thank you, very much for the great customer service.  Looking forward to working with you next year, too! Can't say enough good things about you!" — Stephanie Sanderson, Senior Human Resource Consultant & Reasonable Accommodation Specialist, WA State Employment Security Department
  • “The best office ergonomic presentation I’ve ever seen!” — Jack McGill, HR Director Simpson Timber

  • “A true professional, Deborah is passionate about safety in the workplace.  Her assessment and product recommendations were timely and cost-effective, her manner upbeat and positive.  Deborah’s occupational therapy perspective ensures business owners focus on the proactive goal of injury prevention.” — Kathryn Barrett, RN, MSN, President, Aging Matters LLC
  • “I'm sure you hear this all the time, but I want you to know...Kim does a great job. She connects with people, making them feel comfortable during evaluations, and comes up with solutions that folks almost always buy into. Also, Kim follows through with each case she takes on. It is the rare exception when someone back slides after follow up with Kim's assistance. Kim recently had a couple really hard ones to solve and her creativity was refreshing. People here are seeing real, solid benefits from your services. Thanks again for all the great work you do.” — Paul Lundy, Senior Director, Facilities, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
  • “I highly encourage employers to invite ErgoFit into their organization to conduct a thorough and professional evaluation of ergonomically-challenged offices or office space. Deborah’s obvious passion for health and wellness exudes through her “cracker jack” personality and spirit, resulting in positive results for everyone involved.” — Ingrid Anderson, Human Resources Manager, Eastside Fire & Rescue
  • "ErgoFit Consulting provides our staff with the knowledge they needed to address their various ergonomic issues. They offer guidance and suggestions that bring immediate relief; and, they are able to identify system and facility problems that cause discomfort. Their dynamic workshops and insightful one-on-one evaluations trained our staff to identify their unique physical situation and make decisions that could impact their work environment.” — Jane Summerfield, Research Administrator
  • “…ability to help our employees understand how to set up their workstations and reduce strain was above and beyond that of our expectations…Since the provision of ErgoFit’s services we have had no complaints from our staff…” — Sean Plattner, Safety Engineer, ICON Materials
  • “Thanks for the prompt turnaround.  I have had nothing but positive comments and several who did not attend [the workshop] asked if we would have a future session…a great success!” Tina Tyler, Administrative Officer, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab
  • “The staff who were evaluated are doing great, and we are really impressed with your service.  We look forward to a long working relationship with your company.” Coral Letnes, Business Manager, Crisis Clinic

 

Laboratory 

  • "The Ergonomic Design Consultation for our space modification was just what we were looking for and was helpful in many ways: a) it provided specifications for our design and facilities team to ensure our plans and equipment purchases were ergonomically sound; b) it helped to demonstrate to management and employees that a thoughtful process was used in the choices that were made, and c) it communicates to employees that we value their health and safety." — Nancy LaJambe, Human Resources Coordinator, Juno Therapeutics
  • "... We have already started a few things, reorganizing cage prep area, food storage in cooler and storage, working on ordering another self-leveling cart, and we have put in for and received money to purchase a bedding dispenser for setting up the cages.  I also see people trying new ways to do things so this has gotten them to look at what they are doing.

    Thank you all so much for your time and help." — Sally Varnam, Supervisor, Veterinary Medical Unit, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System

  • "Thanks for your help.  The staff really appreciates the changes we have made and have seen a decrease in the amount of discomfort while working.  I consider the consultations you have provided as an investment in our staff." — Dawn Johnson, Pathology Associates

 

Industrial 

  • "Everything is going well and the guys feel equipped each day for their tasks both mentally and more imprtantly physically! Once again your program I believe is ahead of the curve and needs to spread out through the entire workplace. I've personally handed out several of your business cards with a highly endorsed message of what it has done for D9 and will continue to do so!!" — Mark Anderson, Installation Manager, Division 9 Flooring

  • "This was the first time in 7 years that a training received applause!" — Curt Russell, Safety & Emergency Preparation Coordinator, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District

  • "Mowat has been working with Deborah Read and ErgoFit since 2007.  Mowat has benefitted immeasurably from the ErgoFit Programs we have put in place.  Chief among them are the Shift Prep and Stretch Break programs we replaced our old stretch and flex program with.  We have also utilized ErgoFit for work station evaluations, ergonomic evaluations of our field processes and for training our foreman to think about task matching (matching the body to the task rather than expecting everyone to be able to do everything).   Among our long term employees we have seen near elimination of MSDs.  We have seen a reduction in slips trips and falls because the Shift Pre and Stretch Break programs focus on warm up, strengthening the small joint stabilizing muscles and improving balance.  Our only difficulty is in new hires who bring preexisting conditions to the job.  We are, however, getting better at training our supervisors to assess worker’s suitability for a given task.

    In summary, I simply cannot say enough good about ErgoFit, Deborah and her team." — Bruce McGaw, Safety Director, Mowat Construction Company

  • “The Shift Prep program that ErgoFit implemented with our company has provided our crews with a top notch, dynamic warm up that has proven to be effective throughout all of our projects, bringing positive attitude to the health and well being of all workers. This program offers the cutting edge in injury prevention and joint stabilization, ultimately improving the quality of personal health both at work and at home. We have seen a decrease in strain / sprain injuries and improved moral. We all look forward to the tremendous benefits that will be obtained for years to come, as we continue to utilize this specialized warm up program.” — Rhett Carpenter, CHST, Safety Manager, Bayley Construction
  • “Out of a total of 3,950 possible evaluation answers, 45% were rated as Excellent, 43% were rated as Very Good, 11% were rated as Good, 1% were rated as Fair, ,and 0% were rated as Unsatisfactory! I am so excited that the Management also feels there is enough support from the mechanics to move forward with this program.” — Susan Turner, Sr. Safety and Health Specialist, City of Seattle Fleets and Facilities
  • “In the 2 months since we rolled out the Shift Prep! -  Joint Stabilization program, we have not had one sprain/strain incident compared to the same time period a year ago where we had three. We look forward to rolling it out again at the start of our next large project.” — Steven Brennan, Safety Director, Lease Crutcher Lewis
  • “This program is working well and more workers have joined in than we had initially so I think it’s a good thing!! We’ll roll it out at another project when I return from vacation. Thanks for your great coaching!!” — Rob Parker, Safety Director, Lydig Construction Inc.
  • “After doing your warm up program for only 2 weeks, my back pain has already practically gone away.” — Laborer, Bayley Construction
  • "Ergofit Consulting provided an ergonomic evaluation to our department. Based on the evaluation and recommendations, we have implemented significant process improvements in three of our four core areas.  I can't thank you enough for your energy, enthusiasm and assistance in moving our team forward in safety!! I am so glad we have done this project for our team! Your knowledge of the subject has helped us tremendously." — Jill Burt, Manager, Mail & Distribution Services
  • You quickly developed a rapport with the employees. Your presentation gave the employees useful tools for them to be able to take care of themselves….[there seems to be] a new attitude of the employees towards safety in that they are helping other employees who were not at your presentation by correcting them when they are seen doing something the wrong way….[and] the employees are beginning to believe that the store is concerned about their health and safety.” — Store Manager of a National Grocery Chain
  • "I appreciate Kim's knowledge, diligence, expertise, and humour in presenting this Home Health Aide body mechanics workshop. You did a wonderful job!" Nancy James, RN, BSN and Director of Professional Affairs,  Home Care Association of Washington
  • "Thank you so much for contributing to the health and wellbeing of our workforce. Your programs are great and were very warmly received…I feel strongly that your success is driven by who you are; your vivacious personalities, the intelligence and experience you bring, and perhaps the most valuable element is your natural abilities to connect with our diverse work force, which is no small challenge. I appreciate you.” — Bruce McGaw, Safety Director, Mowat Construction Company
  • “We have gone 443 days without an injury here.  We credit your exercises - which they are still doing every day -  with helping make this happen.  Our recorded accident history goes back to 1988, and this is a first!” Owner, Olympian Precast Inc.
  • “I AM A BELIEVER!  Shift Prep and Stretch Breaks Have SAAAAAVED our aging work force!” — Bruce McGaw, Safety Director, Mowat Construction Company
  • “[The] holistic approach has allowed us to identify and address root causes of problems rather than simply treating symptoms enabling us to work toward long-term solutions.  Deborah has been instrumental in identifying and providing resources for solution development.  It is refreshing to receive attainable solutions as part of an evaluative and identification process…Deborah has developed a program with both long and short term goals, root caused oriented and implementable by staff and supervisors.  I would recommend Deborah to any group which is seriously pursuing long terms solutions to job/task related issues…” — E.J. Hook, Facilities Supervisor, Woodland Park Zoo 
  • “Folks that would normally be grumbling about any kind of training were having appropriate conversation about safety after Deborah’s talk.”  — Woody Wilkinson, Director of Facilities and Maintenance Division, Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation 
  • I would like to thank Deborah for her dedication, hard work, and attention to detail.  She is very professional and friendly and I would recommend her to anyone who needs help with ergonomic or injury prevention issues.  Deborah has really good positive energy and was great to work with.” — Steve Vela, Evans Pool Coordinator, Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation

 

Fire & EMS

  • “Excellent knowledge of functional requirements of the fire service. Nicely done!” Shoreline (WA) Fire Department participant about the Tubing Program Training 
  • "… Deborah has been involved in ergonomics and overall safety and wellness. In my 14 years of firefighter wellness experience, I have not seen the level of commitment and the competency in being able to motivate and teach a wide variety of personalities that I see in DeborahThis is proven time and again, not alone in my own observations, but in the session evaluations that I review after Deborah’s classes. I believe that Deborah would be an excellent provider for your organization, especially as part of the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer program. If you have the opportunity to meet Deborah it will be obvious that her commitment to fitness and wellness is her passion and not just a career. — Kevin Fetter, Wellness Coordinator and Peer Fitness Trainer, Snohomish County Fire District 1 
  • “We have had tremendous outcomes with ErgoFit Consulting, especially Deborah Read.  She has trained our group of 30 Peer Fitness Trainers for many years. She first presented a much needed 3 hour continuing education class when our PFTs were new and did not have a lot of experience providing Exercise Prescription to other fire fighters. She had been working with the IAFF and other depts., and went through some drills herself, so had a good understanding of our industry.  Later, she provided a 9 hour CEU class for PFTs with much more in-depth content on Injury Prevention and working with firefighters at varying fitness levels. She provided all handouts then did a ton of hands on training. Our firefighters loved it! Our injuries declined greatly from 2002-2009, the years we were working directly with Deborah.  I attribute it directly to her knowledge/skills and teaching ability. ErgoFit provides tremendous value for their pricing. I would love to use ErgoFit every year for annual training because they have the most up-to-date information and they ‘get’ fire fighters.” — Janet Woodside, RN, MSN, EMS Program Manager, Portland Fire & Rescue 
  • "You have been great to work with in everything. It may sound funny, but, you keep me motivated to be a better leader for my guys." Jeremy McBride, West Valley City Fire Department, Utah 
  • “Over the past year I have worked on several projects with Deborah involving functional training, injury prevention, ergonomics, and group exercise for firefighters. Her expertise, enthusiasm and presentation skills have made her classes a favorite among firefighters and helped reduce injuries in the fire service. As an adjunct professor for Glendale Community College and as a Division Chief for the Phoenix Fire Department I evaluate many instructors for their ability to induce learning and change behaviors. In my opinion, Deborah is an excellent instructor with impeccable qualifications (i.e. education, application, and organization).” — Scott Peltin, Division Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department, and original member of the IAFF/IAFC Wellness Fitness Initiative Committee 
  • “All of our trainers were highly impressed with Deborah’s knowledge and professionalism. The instructional guides, including posters and manuals, were outstanding. The materials were easy to follow with the use of pictures and written descriptions of the exercises. She was very thorough in her teaching and explanations. All of the trainers evaluated her class in the excellent to superior categories….Deborah is obviously very knowledgeable and dedicated to the health and wellness profession.” — Christopher Whitmire, Commander, Health and Wellness Committee Chairman, Marietta Fire and Emergency Services 
  • “Nice to see someone energetic and strong enough to do the most advanced level. Hope to have you back for further classes.” -- From Shoreline (WA) Fire Department participants about the Tubing Program Training

 

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From InsuranceJournal.com - "Workers who are obese may need longer rest breaks to return to their initial state of muscle function. Based on the increased fatigue found among workers who are obese, workplace designers may need to consider adding fixtures and supports to minimize the amount of time that the body mass segments need to be supported..."  

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Mowat Construction Company

"Thank you so much for contributing to the health and wellbeing of our workforce. Your programs are great and were very warmly received…I feel strongly that your success is driven by who you are; your vivacious personalities, the intelligence and experience you bring, and perhaps the most valuable element is your natural abilities to connect with our diverse work force, which is no small challenge. I appreciate you.” — Bruce McGaw, Safety Director, Mowat Construction Company