Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) account for almost 36% of the
lost-time claims submitted to WorkSafeNB, with back and shoulder
injuries representing 70% of these.
The majority of MSIs are caused by overexertion, specifically
lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. To help reduce MSIs,
WorkSafeNB has developed publications aimed at educating employers
and workers on proper steps to prevent MSIs.
WorkSafeNB staff are available to help New Brunswick workplaces
identify high-risk tasks and evaluate root causes. They can help
find solutions by advising on safe manual handling procedures,
appropriate training and equipment. By eliminating or significantly
reducing MSIs, employers can improve not only employee health and
morale, but also their bottom line.
The MSI publications include:
For more information on proper manual handling techniques and how
to reduce MSIs at your workplace, call WorkSafeNB at 1 800
222-9775, or the regional office nearest you, at:
Saint John – 632-2200
Dieppe – 867-0525
Bathurst – 547-7300
Grand Falls – 475-2550