Musculoskeletal Disorders: The Leading Cause of Injury in the Workplace

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Did you know that Musculoskeletal Disorders are the leading cause of injury in the workplace? They account for nearly 33% of all workplace injuries. That’s why preventing sprains and strains from happening in the first place is essential. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what Musculoskeletal Disorders are and how you can help your employees stay safe on the job. We’ll also provide some tips on employee safety training, so you can be sure that everyone is aware of the risks associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders. Thanks for reading!


Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are a broad category of disorders that affect the body’s musculoskeletal system. The system includes the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Repetitive motions, awkward positions, forceful exertions, and vibration can cause MSDs. They are often the result of cumulative trauma over time rather than a single event.


There are many ways to prevent MSDs from occurring in your workplace. First and foremost, it’s essential to provide employees with safety training on the risks associated with MSDs. Employees should be aware of the symptoms of MSDs so they can seek treatment early on. Employees should also know how to lift, carry, and move objects properly to avoid strain injuries. Finally, having an excellent ergonomic set up in your workplace is crucial. Proper ergonomics means that employees can access adjustable chairs and desks, which can help them maintain appropriate good posture while working.


MSDs are costly for employers regarding workers’ compensation claims and employee productivity. Musculoskeletal Disorders can lead to absenteeism, presenteeism (when employees work but not at their total capacity due to pain or discomfort), and job turnover. All of these factors can have a significant impact on your bottom line.


We are here to help! As mentioned in our video, we are happy to provide you with a copy of our ‘Wellness Toolkit – Musculoskeletal Disorders.” Check out the National Safety Council’s website for more information on Musculoskeletal Disorders. You can also find helpful resources on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) website. Thanks for reading! I hope this blog post has helped you learn more about Musculoskeletal Disorders and how you can prevent them in your workplace. Thank you for visiting!

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