Soft-tissue injuries account for the majority of all workplace lost-time injury claims in the province


September 20, 2021

St. John’s, NL – Over the past five years, musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), or soft-tissue injuries, have accounted for 68 per cent of WorkplaceNL lost-time injury claims and $96 million in annual claim cost. MSIs such as sprains, strains, and inflammation may be caused or aggravated by work, but can be prevented. 

September 19-25 is Move Well – Work Well Week; an annual event aimed at raising awareness of these injuries and finding practical solutions for preventing them. 

“Soft-tissue injuries can significantly impact our work lives and many other daily activities,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL. “Move Well – Work Well Week is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and to educate ourselves on the importance of taking steps to prevent injuries, at work and in everything we do.”

“MSIs can impact every aspect of a worker’s daily life,” said Dennis Hogan, CEO, WorkplaceNL. “Move Well – Work Well Week highlights the importance of moving instead of being sedentary, and practicing good body mechanics, so that you can stay healthy, productive and comfortable at work and at home.”

On average, MSIs in Newfoundland and Labrador account for:

  • 68 per cent of all claims involving lost time from work
  • 71 per cent of all costs related to lost-time claims
  • 76 per cent of all lost-time weeks from work
  • $96 M annual claims costs

WorkplaceNL is encouraging organizations across the province to participate in Move Well – Work Well Week. For ideas and resources, visit

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Related Documents

Move Well – Work Well resources for workplaces

Musculoskeletal Injury resources

About WorkplaceNL

Serving approximately 215,000 workers and 18,000 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault workers’ compensation system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.

Media contacts:

Carla Riggs, WorkplaceNL

709.778.1590 or


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