Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs): a big term for a major type of workplace injury, often caused when the work doesn’t fit the worker.
These sprains, strains and over-exertions are almost always preventable, yet in 2020 they accounted for 63% of all time-loss claims filed with the WCB. The good news is, small changes can make a big difference.
During Global Ergonomics Month, join WCB Nova Scotia’s Ergonomist Shawn Budden as he takes you through the six steps you can take to reduce MSIs in your workplace. He’ll use our MSI Prevention Guide to teach you how to:
1. Build awareness
2. Identify hazards
3. Assess risk
4. Implement controls
6. Assess the effectiveness of your action plan
With these six steps, you’ll be on your way to making your workplace safer for everyone.
October is Global Ergonomics Month – an international outreach campaign promoting human-centred design through the science, application and profession of ergonomics or human factors. The purpose of Global Ergonomics Month is to raise awareness and educate the public on the benefits of ergonomics. Ergonomics is ultimately good for business and good for people.
As an Ergonomist with WCB Nova Scotia, Shawn Budden coaches workplaces to support them in preventing musculoskeletal injuries ultimately reducing the human and financial toll of workplace injury on workers and employers. He has an undergraduate and masters degree in Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as certificate programs in ergonomics and occupational health and safety. Shawn is certified in ergonomics through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.