In Saskatchewan, musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) account for almost half of work-related injuries. A musculoskeletal injury is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, bones, or supporting vasculature (blood vessels). This type of injury may be caused or aggravated by repetitive motions, forceful exertions, vibration, mechanical compression, sustained or awkward postures, limitations on motion or action, or any other ergonomic stressors.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, require an employer or contractor to regularly review, in consultation with the occupational health committee, activities that may cause or aggravate an MSI. Also, once a worker has reported an MSI, there is a requirement to review their job and to implement appropriate control measures to prevent further injury to this and other workers who may perform the same job/tasks.
The Musculoskeletal Injuries Prevention Guide provides prevention methods for employers to use in their workplace.