Pains and strains / MSDs are a problem because:
According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), pains and strains (musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs) are the number one reason workers file a claim and lose time from work because of injury. In Ontario in 2007, there were 35,498 MSD lost-time claims which accounted for:
From 2003-2007, Ontario’s workers compensation system approved more than 187,000 musculoskeletal claims that resulted in time lost from work. This equates to about 37,500 MSD claims per year. These claims meant over 2.5 million days when workers were off and direct costs of more than $314 million.
It is estimated that from 2003-2007, Ontario's employers paid more than $1 billion in direct and indirect costs related to these injuries. Indirect costs include: