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Back Strain Injuries - Who is more susceptible?

According to the Statistics Canada 2010: Canadian Community Health Survey, around 1 in 5 people who were working in BC in 2012 have made claims for back problems. In fact, 1 in 4 of the injury claims made over the last ten years were for Back Strain Injuries (BSI) and have been responsible for the most workdays taken off than any other injury. Such injuries are accounted for being 24% of the overall work claim injuries, with fingers being the next highest at 11% followed by injuries to the legs at 9%.

The most surprising finding of the survey was that over the past few decades, the number of women suffering from back strain injuries have surpassed. In 2012, women accounted for making 40% of BSI claims based off work related injuries. Because women are becoming more concentrated in manual labour and service employment, their BSI rates continue to rise while those of men have continued to lower over the last ten years.

Women seem to be more concentrated in occupations where BSI’s are more likely to occur. For women, the top jobs that had BSI claims from 2003-2012 were nurse aids and orderlies, registered nurses, retail sales persons and sales clerks, light duty cleaners, and registered nurse assistants. For men, these jobs include material handlers, construction trades helpers and laborers, truck drivers, carpenters, and delivery drivers. In total, the most BSI claims come from the health industry and social care services. Other jobs that have high claim rates are the retail industry and the construction industry.

Mitigate risk of back injuries at work

A proactive risk mitigation tool employers can invest in to assist with managing WCB claims costs and recordable incidents are pre-employment fitness to work testing. SureHire’s Fitness-to-Work testing services provide employers with a candidate’s medical, musculoskeletal, critical strength, and mobility status to safely place or accommodate them within the workforce. ;/These medical professionals and fitness-to-work testers have an in-depth understanding of the physical demands of the job, medical and musculoskeletal conditions and strength and mobility limitations. They provide expert recommendations based on the specific job requirements and evidence-based medical research. Fitness-to-Work testing has helped industries save millions by reducing lost work time due to injuries.