By Wendy Bennett, CRSP, Executive Director, AgSafe Agricultural work requires intensive physical labour—heavy lifting and carrying, maintaining the same position for extended periods of time, and standing on ladders or uneven surfaces. Any one of these activities can lead to a Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI). A musculoskeletal injury is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue, and includes sprains, strains, and inflammation that may be caused or aggravated by work. You are at risk for MSI if your work involves any of the following – lifting or reaching, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling; … Continue reading How to Identify a Musculoskeletal Injury – AgSafe
By Wendy Bennett, CRSP, Executive Director, AgSafe Falls from ladders are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries. Sprains and strains are the most common types of injuries associated with ladder use resulting from overreaching, shifting weight or body position, and lifting or carrying ladders. Tripod ladders, also known as orchard ladders, are commonly used by workers to harvest tree fruit and by landscape workers for pruning and hedge trimming. This type of ladder should never be used like a step ladder or an extension ladder because it is not designed to be set up on firm, smooth ground and may … Continue reading Don’t Miss a Step When it Comes to Ladder Safety!
AgSafe has launched a new free safety self-assessment web tool for B.C.’s agriculture organizations and other naturally aligned industries. The Safety Ready Certificate of Recognition (COR) Self-Assessment website is designed to assist organizations in assessing their readiness for a COR program audit. The self-assessment tool begins with a questionnaire to be completed by the person responsible for overseeing the Safety Management System in your organization. Once that is done, the tool provides feedback on your readiness for a COR review. The web tool will also help you calculate your organization’s potential WorkSafeBC incentive. “There are three levels of readiness and … Continue reading AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.’s agriculture industry