AnMed Health Cannon Physical Therapy Department has a certified WorkSTEP program headed by Melissa Martino, and Chris Junkins.  Both are experienced WorkSTEPS evaluators and have been conducted evaluations in Laurens, Clinton, Greenville, Powdersville, Easley, and Pickens for upstate businesses.  AnMed Health Cannon WorkSTEPS can offer a variety of services ranging from pre-offer agility testing, existing workers agility testing, to post-injury fit to work evaluations.  By taking part in this program, businesses can save on worker’s compensation costs, along with hiring the right people for  jobs that requiring physical work.


Larry Feeler, CEO and Founder of WorkSTEPS, developed the concept for WorkSTEPS’ proprietary baseline medical testing product while working with his father in the family’s pipeline construction and fabrication business. Feeler, a licensed physical therapist and private practice owner, developed a baseline medical testing product to be utilized on new-hires, and designed to better match workers’ strengths with their jobs to create a safer workplace.

In the first year of testing, injuries and costs per claim were reduced by more than 60%, and the Feeler family business saved three quarters of a million dollars. After similar successes in nearby oilfield businesses and towns, their functional employment testing quickly became a well known employer tool. By 1990, Larry and a partner incorporated software to effectively track employee data, and built a functioning, full work-simulation medical office. The testing method was a breakthrough for the medical industry. In 1994, Feeler formally incorporated WorkSTEPS, which is the largest functional employment testing company in the United States.

The original mission of WorkSTEPS was to address the rising incidence and cost of workers’ compensation claims. As the industry has evolved and the need for services has expanded, WorkSTEPS has evolved from the narrow focus of developing testing protocols and data for local and regional heavy industry employers, to a more comprehensive provider of business services. WorkSTEPS utilizes its testing services and data in conjunction with a group of related and coordinated business services, which are designed to help corporations nationwide contain and control costs related to employment and work-related environments.


When a business is looking to hire someone new for a physically demanding position, it is important to consider whether or not candidates have the physical capabilities to handle the tasks involved with that position. Pre-offer agility testing can help ensure that all potential candidates are able to perform certain tasks that are associated with the job without physical harm or risk of injury.


When conducting pre-offer agility assessments, we want to ensure that your candidate will have no trouble completing any of the physical duties affiliated with the position for which he or she is applying.

This means testing for the ability to do things like the following:

  • Lift and carry heavy loads properly
  • Ascend and descend ladders
  • Move from a standing position to a kneeling position without pain

As it will be imperative for your employees to be able to complete certain physical tasks in the course of performing their duties, our Cannon WorkSTEPS evaluator will be able to create a screening system specifically tailored to your workplace’s demands. This lowers the likelihood that there will be injuries to your employees in the future.


The following WorkSTEPS tests are designed for existing employees:


This non-medical agility testing may be used preventatively and may be administered periodically to ensure that existing employees continue to be able to meet the physical demand criteria necessary to safely perform the essential functions of the job. Employers may request this type of agility testing for all employees in a particular job class as part of their periodic monitoring to ensure that employees remain capable of performing physically demanding job tasks. This test is periodically administered on  employees in positions affecting public safety, such as firefighters and police officers, or as a re-certification requirement.


The Upper Quadrant/Carpel Tunnel Testing is used to determine capability relative to repetitive job function, rather than heavy material handling tasks. This test may be used independently, as part of the comprehensive Pre-Employment Post-Offer Employment testing, or as a component to the Injured Worker Fit-for-Duty test if necessary


The following tests are designed for employees who have been injured on the job.


A Fit-for-Duty evaluation is administered to a current employee post-injury through an injury management program with our Cannon evaluator. A Fit-for-Duty Evaluation is a functional capacity test that focuses only on the injured part of the body used in a job specific task, rather than a comprehensive exam. In compliance with EEOC mandates, a medical examination of a current employee is given only when it is “job related and consistent with business necessity”.


The FCE is a full body comprehensive medical test used to measure an employee’s functional capacity and assist in injury management, whether the injury was sustained while at work or existed previously. The FCE test may be used alone to document existing impairments or may be used in combination with the Post-Offer Comprehensive test as a comparison against original, baseline data.

One FCE should be given at the time of injury to determine severity and legitimacy for optimum injury management. Another FCE should be administered during rehabilitation to determine progress, and one functional capacity evaluation should be conducted post-rehabilitation to determine the employee’s ability to return to his or her job.

At the time of injury, when compared against data previously collected, the FCE may be used to prove consistency and validity of performance and create realistic, objective rehabilitation goals, return to work recommendations, or work conditioning programs to capitalize on injury management procedures. This information is invaluable to objectively move the patient through the system in a fair and timely manner.


If you are interested in pre-offer agility testing, or any other type of screening or preventative training for your employees, contact AnMed Health Cannon Physical Therapy Services at 864.898.1347.