May is Preventing Sprains & Strains Awareness Month
Painful and often costly, sprain and strain injuries are the leading type of workplace injury. Last year, 1,486 CIRMA member employees experienced a work-related sprain or strain injury. Over the past five years, sprain and strain claims costs have totaled almost $26 million to CIRMA members. Although every employee is at risk, Public School, Police, Public Works, and Fire employees lead in the number of injuries.
What is a Sprain?
A sprain is an injury to a ligament (the tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint). In a sprain, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn.
What is a Strain?
A strain is an injury to a muscle or a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). In a strain, a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn.
Both types of injuries are painful and may require time off from work and medical care.
Working Together to Build Safer Workplaces
The good news is that workplace safety practices are effective. In fact, CIRMA members have reduced the number of sprain and strain injuries by 24% over the past five years. Because even one injury is too many, CIRMA has created a portfolio of resources to help managers, employees, and safety committees increase awareness of the risk and the ways everyone can avoid these painful injuries: