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Change it Up! to avoid soft-tissue injury
Monday, September 26, 2016


Almost 70 per cent of all workplace injuries reported to WorkplaceNL are soft-tissue related. WorkplaceNL encourages everyone to Change it Up! at work. Changing your posture every 20 to 30 minutes helps to relieve your muscles and avoid soft-tissue injuries.

September 25 – October 1 is Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention (MSIP) Week in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

“I invite all workers, supervisors and employers in Newfoundland and Labrador to take micro-breaks throughout their day, during MSIP week and everyday” said Leslie Galway, CEO, WorkplaceNL. “Injury rates in our province are now at an all-time low, but the leading workplace injuries continue to be soft-tissue related. The pain and discomfort from these injuries can affect every aspect of a workers life, and can last a lifetime. We’d like to help more workers in our province go home safe and healthy at the end of their workday.”

In most cases, taking a short stretch break after 20 to 30 minutes of sitting or standing can help avoid musculoskeletal injuries. As well, ensuring your workspace is ergonomically designed for you helps to avoid stress and strain on your body.

Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are the leading type of workplace injuries reported to WorkplaceNL. These include sprains, strains or inflammation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, or related soft tissues. MSIs are also known as soft-tissue injuries.

More information on how to Change it Up!, including daily tips and activities to help prevent MSIs are available on workplacenl.ca.

About WorkplaceNL

Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and 19,000 employers, WorkplaceNL is an employer-funded, no-fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers fair compensation to injured workers and their dependents.

The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission is now using a new short name, WorkplaceNL.

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Media Contact:
Carla Riggs
Director of Communications
t 709.778.1590
carla.riggs@workplacenl.ca

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