The number one cause of work-related injury and disability are Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders. The Ontario WSIB reported from 1996-2006 that over 40% of claims totaling roughly $19 million dollars were due to MSK disorders. People who regularly do work that is repetitive in nature and repeatedly engages the same muscle group can cause these disorders as a result of fatigue and eventual damage of tissue.
Oftentimes workplaces can combat and prevent injury by following several health and safety protocols as well as by providing workers with proper workplace ergonomics. Workers can also minimize their risks of injury through chiropractic care and subscribing to other best practices focused on prevention as well.
While repetitive movement can cause strain and injury to your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments, so can staying stagnant for long periods of time. Even sitting for long periods can cause shoulder, neck and lower back pain. It’s important to be proactive as there are many things that can be done to prevent workplace injuries from occurring. Many of which are very easy to implement or put in place.
Here are a few tips that can help prevent work related pain and/or injury:
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