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08 December 2015
Falls from ladders represent a significant injury event in Canada and the United States. Annually, more than 40 000 people are injured in Canada (OHS Canada), and falls from heights are reported to be the 2nd most prevalent injury-causing event in the United States (U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).
While many of these injuries occur in occupational settings, the number of ladder-related falls are also high when performing activities at home. Perhaps this is no more obvious than during the Holiday Season in December, as many of us climb on ladders to install lighting and decorations both inside and outside of the house.
26 November 2015
Did you know that 82% of children report back pain related to their backpack?
Now that we’re a couple of months into the school season, it is a good time to check your child’s backpack and what is being carried inside. I’m mainly thinking about your child’s backpack, and if you are a teacher, then also your student’s backpacks. However, if you carry a backpack for work (or other activities) then you should also take a look at your backpack and how it may be affecting your comfort.
Children carry their backpacks to and from school daily. Depending on their grade and homework demands, the backpack could hold a binder or two, a textbook or two, lunch, and a set of gym clothing and shoes. Carrying a heavy backpack is concerning for anyone, but particularly for children during growth spurts.
26 November 2014
As the streets and sidewalks begin to be covered with snow and ice, and the risk of slips and falls increases. Whether walking is a requirement for work, used as a means of commuting, or as a form of leisure, the same strategies to improve safe winter walking apply. Below are a list of some of the strategies to consider, to make your walking safer this winter season.
16 May 2014
With the May long weekend upon us, this week we thought we would discuss some outdoor activities common for this time of year. One good example is gardening.
Gardening offers many benefits for people of all ages; however, it does not come without risks. The following blog outlines the benefits and risks of gardening, and provides easy to apply ergonomics solutions to prevent injury.