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Musculoskeletal Injuries

Occupational Musculoskeletal Injuries and Ergonomists

In a previous blog post, we noted the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), also commonly called sprain and strain injuries , in Canada and the United States. With more than 1/3rd of reported lost time claims coming from MSI, they represent a serious occupational health and safety (OHS) issue. Not surprisingly, within Canada, there are regulations related to occupational MSI. However, OHS is regulated at a provincial level, so specific enforcement of regulations to reduce MSI vary between each province.

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Musculoskeletal Injuries in North America

Occupational health and safety programs in many industrial sectors have made significant strides to reduce accidents and acute injuries associated with various hazards. This is very commendable, and should be celebrated throughout North American industry.

At the same time, improvements in occupational health and safety programs are still achievable. Musculoskeletal injuries, in the form of sprains, strains and tears to soft tissue and injuries to bony tissue remain a common occupational injury. Recent statistics from the United States show that 34% of all lost time claims are associated with sprain, strain and tears of musculoskeletal tissue.

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