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The Cost of Musculoskeletal Injuries

DID YOU KNOW? Musculoskeletal Injuries account for more than 60% of all time loss injuries?
- Source: MB Workplace Injury Statistics Report 2000 - 2013

Musculoskeletal injuries, or MSIs, are injuries to or disorders of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue including sprains, strains and inflammation. They tend to be long term injuries that can have severe negative consequences to both workers and employers alike.

A local Winnipeg Manufacturer with 33 employees is currently paying more than $100,000 for WCB premiums are a result of several MSI injuries occurring in recent years. This is $70,000 MORE than similar businesses in the same WCB rate code are paying!

The Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Branch is starting to conduct random inspections and enforce PART 8 of the WSH Regulation: MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES

Based on recent inspections of local Winnipeg employers, here are the key things you need to do to be in compliance and reduce the risk of costly musculoskeletal injuries in your workplace:

  1. Conduct an assessment for the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. I.e. repetitive motion, sustained or awkward positions, forceful exertion, vibration etc.
  2. Based on the risk assessment, implement control measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of musculoskeletal injuries to workers. This includes the development and implementation of Safe Work Procedures specific to your workplace.
  3. Monitor the effectiveness of control measures. (AKA supervise workers)
  4. Inform workers who may be at risk of musculoskeletal injuries of the required control measures (this is part of their right to know)
  5. Provide training to workers including:
    1. Risks for musculoskeletal injuries
    2. Signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries associated with their work
    3. Control measures to reduce or eliminate injury
    4. Safe lifting techniques
    5. Be sure to include documentation and confirmation that they can perform safe lifting techniques


NOW AVAILABLE! Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) Awareness and Prevention Online Training Program Specific to the requirements of MB WSH Legislation.

Special introductory offer, save 50% on MSI training for your workers until December 31, 2014!

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Note: Included at no additional cost for all mySafetyAssistant clients! Not a mySafetyAssistant client? Contact us for more information and get mySafetyAsssistant, your 24/7 virtual safety professional doing the heavy lifting for you whiles saving TIME and MONEY!

Do you have questions about your Safety Management System or compliance with Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health requirements?

Contact us today for a FREE no obligation consultation with a Safety Professional.
Call 204-231-5433


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