Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) Prevention
An MSI (Musculoskeletal Injury) is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue including a sprain, strain and inflammation, that may be caused or aggravated by work.
MSIs, including strains and back strains, took up around 69% of the top five injury claims in BC in 2013 (WorkSafeBC). This demonstrates the need to introduce ergonomics programs at workplaces to prevent the occurrence of MSIs. According to WorkSafeBC’s Industry Safety Information Centre, MSI injuries cost BC Employers over $1.66 Billion dollars in claims over the last 5 years. In fact, just under 40 cents of every dollar spent on claims in British Columbia go to MSI-related injuries.
Many hazards present in the workplace can contribute to MSI injuries. These hazards are are often associated with the physical demands of work including:
- Lifting or pushing loads
- Reaching or bending in an awkward position
- Maintaining a position for a extensive length of time
- Repeating the same movements over and over
- Insufficient breaks (either amount of breaks, length of breaks, or both)
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