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Musculoskeletal Injury is a Common Occurence

Admin Incite - Friday, April 29, 2016

For workers, sustaining a musculoskeletal injury is a common occurrence. Find out the top three causes of musculoskeletal injuries

A musculoskeletal injury refers to an injury to the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments or soft tissues. This may manifest in several conditions such as muscle sprain and strain, back pain, abdominal hernia, soft tissue injuries, fracture and dislocation, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Musculoskeletal injuries can happen to anyone regardless of a worker’s age or the industry they are in. The injuries may happen suddenly as a result of a single event, or the symptoms can reveal slowly over time.
“The top three most common causes of musculoskeletal injuries are lifting, carrying or putting down objects, falls, and repetitive movement or strain,” said a representative of WorkCover.
“The best start an employer can make to minimize and eliminate these injuries is develop and implement an effective risk assessment approach.”
“Some employers we educate initially feel helpless, citing risks outside of their control as the root cause of musculoskeletal injuries. However, when a simple, often cost effective initiative can be implemented to eliminate those risks they are really surprised at the premium reductions they can achieve by keeping their workers safe.”
A trade services organisation, CV Services Group, acknowledged the importance of taking a stand and doing something positive to improve their workplace’s health and safety culture. This resulted in a dramatic reduction in injuries and a 100 percent return to work rate after an injury, reducing claim costs and improving productivity.
To find out more about risk management, health and safety and return to work strategies please contact Incite Solutions Group and talk with our experienced staff

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