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Labour Minister Visits Brantford Manufacturing Plant

  • Issued: March 2, 2011
  • Content last reviewed: March 2011
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Labour Minister Charles Sousa is touring a local Brantford health care manufacturer today to underscore the importance of preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI).

The Minister is visiting the Deb Healthcare facility in Brantford, which makes health care products for home and business, to raise awareness of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), or repetitive strain injuries. The visit comes on the heels of RSI Awareness Day, which fell on February 28.

These injuries occur in the muscles, tendons and nerves as a result of continued exposure to repetitive work and awkward postures.

Last fall, the ministry launched a two-month enforcement blitz that focused on MSD hazards. The ministry has also created an online tool to inform people about – and help them to prevent – these injuries. The tool highlights tasks that may lead to an MSD. It also recommends ways to reduce potential hazards, such as reaching too far while using your computer mouse.

The tool is part of the McGuinty government’s broader efforts to prevent workplace injuries. The government also partners with organizations in Ontario’s health and safety system and others to combat MSDs by providing resources to employers and workers. These include an MSD prevention guide, resources manual and toolkits.

Quotes

“Our government is committed to ensuring workers are protected from MSDs, the most common reported injury at workplaces. By working together, we can help ensure that our workplaces are aware of the hazards that have caused so much pain and suffering to thousands of workers.” — Charles Sousa, Minister of Labour

Quick Facts

  • In 2009, 44 per cent of all lost-time injuries in Ontario involved MSDs. This resulted in the loss of more than 900,000 working days.
  • MSD-related claim costs at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board were more than $900 million between 2003 and 2009.
  • From 2003 to 2009, the MSD lost-time injury rate has declined 30 per cent overall. The largest gains occurred between 2008 and 2009, accounting for more than one-third of the reduction in the overall rate since 2003.

Learn More

Read more about Ontario’s efforts to help prevent MSDs.