Jared Sult said he used to work through pain in his rib cage, lower back and legs. 

As reported by the Elkhart Truth, a team leader for Fairmont Homes Inc., he helps build modular homes that the company manufactures in Nappanee, Ind. – a job that can be very physically demanding. Sult doesn’t have to work through the pain anymore, though. Instead he schedules a visit with chiropractor, Mark Hutsell, who works out of a small office in the plant two days a week. 

Hutsell has worked with Sult, managing how he does his job and working with him to make sure he stays healthy and happy, while putting his time in on the manufacturing floor. 

“It isn’t convenient for me to go to the doctor,” said Sult. “So before I just dealt with the pain. But since Hutsell has begun doing office hours here I have noticed that I tend to take better care of myself, because it is more convenient to see him.”

The innovative program – which was started by Cavco Industries Inc., the parent company of Fairmont Homes, in a Minnesota plant – was launched at Fairmont Homes in October. Out of an office just barely removed from the manufacturing line Hutsell works with employees who have a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, including knee or back pain, due to repetitive motion. 

The goal: to prevent serious workplace injuries and to make employees happier and healthier. Hutsell said that to accomplish the task he is taking a holistic approach –  not just dealing with employees’ issues when they come into his office, but working out on the floor to improve workplace safety in an effort to avoid issues before they start. 

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