Stand Up, Sit Down, Fight.

Posted in: Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on August 25, 2015

We sit to eat, we sit to drive the car, we sit at our desks to work, we sit to watch tv, we sit watch movies, we sit to watch sports, we sit to play video games, we sit to use computers, tablets and cell phones. No wonder there is growing concern regarding hazards and health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. Be it at work or at play, at home or at the office, the reality is that society as a whole is spending more time sitting down then up on their feet. This is seen in the rise of obesity rates in Canada, the US and other industrialized countries, as well as an increase in health related issues such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension among that same group. Sitting has been likened to the new smoking or the new cancer, in terms of health risks. The solution, some […]

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – The White Collar Injury

Posted in: Safety | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on August 10, 2015

Worker’s Compensation isn’t just for labourers, or anyone working in a hazardous industry who is subject to physical injuries like broken bones, back sprains, muscle strains and industrial fatalities. Over time, WCB coverage has become much more comprehensive and now, depending on the jurisdiction, up to 90% of the workforce is covered — including office workers, and the injuries associated with their employment. Since the 1970’s, the incidence of white collar accidents or injuries has been steadily increasing — most notably with the advancement of technology and the introduction of digital equipment like computers. The impact is seen with the increase of WCB claims for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) that is accepted and adjudicated as being work-related. These injuries account for approximately ⅓ of workers compensation paid out in the US and Australia and affect nearly 30% of all workers. Epicondylitis, tendinosis, tendinitis, tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are […]