Ontario Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Miners
Ontario Launches Workplace Inspection Blitzes
Ontario will target hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in mines and mining plants during Global Ergonomics Month in October.
From October 2, 2017 to November 30, 2017, Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on MSD hazards, slips, trips, and falls during visits to mining workplaces as part of an enforcement blitz. In particular, inspectors will focus on hazards that can increase the risk of MSDs during manual material handling tasks and when using equipment that can cause hand-arm vibration.
MSDs are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, tendons, nerves and spinal discs, and can develop from ongoing exposure to awkward or sustained posture, repetitive work, or forceful exertions such as lifting, pulling and pushing heavy objects or equipment. They are the most common type of injury resulting in lost time at work that is reported to Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Protecting workers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Workplace health and safety associations will also raise awareness of MSDs and other ergonomics issues by hosting learning sessions, webinars and training events.
- Ontario has about 40 underground mines and thousands of surface mines, with about 26,000 workers.
- Since June 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted 754,118 field visits and 91 inspection blitzes.
- Inspectors have issued 1,235,677 compliance orders across all sectors in Ontario since June 2008.
“Everyone in the workplace has a role in preventing MSDs. The enforcement initiative and other activities during Global Ergonomics Month will help ensure workers in Ontario return home safe and sound at the end of each working day.”
“MSDs cause pain and suffering for thousands of workers every year and cost Ontario workplaces millions of dollars due to absenteeism and lost productivity. Our goal is to protect workers on the job. We’re working together to build awareness of MSD hazards and prevent injuries.”