Getting repetitive stress injuries under control

Labour calls on feds to change hazard prevention regulations to reduce $26-billion price tag
||Last Updated: 03/09/2006

More than two million Canadian adults reported repetitive strain injuries severe enough to limit their normal activities, according to a recent Statistics Canada survey, and most of these injuries were caused on the job.

"Canadian workers are suffering from repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) in epidemic proportions," says Marie Clarke Walker, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, which represents over three million workers across the country. "RSIs impact workers, their families and the economy. We cannot ignore such a debilitating yet preventable workplace hazard any longer.”

RSI is a term for a range of injuries that affect the muscles, nerves and tendons. Unchecked, symptoms that include aches, pains, tingling, swelling and loss of joint movement, can lead to crippling disorders that make work impossible.