Client handling related injuries have been strongly associated with potential exposure to MSD risk factors such as forceful exertions including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and awkward postures.
In 2021 MSDs accounted for 22% of all Ontario healthcare sector lost time injuries. When removing exposure data, MSD injuries accounted for 44.6%. Of the MSD metrics,48% relate to client handling tasks with the majority impacting the back and upper extremities.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act, outlines the duties, responsibilities of employers, supervisors, and workers. Employers and supervisors are required to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstance for the protection of the worker.