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Physical overexertion is a common cause of workers' compensation claims. These types of injuries are usually caused by repetitive motion, such as typing, lifting heavy objects, or working in an awkward position.

Back Injuries are the most common type of overexertion injury in many workplaces.

There are at least three aspects of a lifting task that increase the risk of back injury

  1. Bending, reaching, and twisting while lifting (forms of awkward posture)
  2. Handling heavy loads
  3. Repeating the same motions over and over.

sprain, also known as a torn ligament, is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, often caused by trauma or the joint being taken beyond its functional range of motion. The severity of sprain ranges from a minor injury which resolves in a few days to a major rupture of one or more ligaments requiring surgical fixation and a period of immobilization. Sprains can occur in any joint but are most common in the ankle and wrist.

strain is an acute or chronic soft tissue injury that occurs to a muscle, tendon, or both (contractile components). The equivalent injury to a ligament is a sprain



Reporting near misses can help prevent future injuries or death

Providing a safe work environment for our MSNW employees is very important to all of us.   To assist making our workplace as safe as possible, employees are required to report all near misses and injury accidents to their supervisors.  Supervisors are to investigate and take action to prevent future incidents similar to the one reported.  Please report all near misses and injuries and  give us the opportunity to change and improve our workplace and most importantly prevent injuries.