Do you always need to investigate a musculoskeletal injury?

Yes! Here’s what you need to know

Section 173 of the Workers Compensation Act states that an employer must immediately undertake an investigation into the cause of any incident that meets the following criteria:

  • It resulted in an injury to a worker and required medical treatment
  • It involved a minor worker injury that didn’t require medical treatment, but had the potential for causing a serious worker injury
  • It did not lead to a worker injury, but had the potential for causing a serious worker injury

All of the incidents describe above can include those that lead to or have the potential for causing musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs).

When such incidents occur, you may need to conduct a risk assessment as part of an incident investigation. The risk assessment is intended to establish the primary causes of the injury, and to determine what you’ll need to do to prevent similar injuries. If your incident investigation includes a risk assessment, you’re legally required to document that assessment.

Learn more about ergonomics at WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC is hosting an Ergonomics Forum in recognition of Occupational Ergonomics Month in October.

Join WorkSafeBC on Wednesday, October 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at WorkSafeBC’s Richmond, B.C., office (6951 Westminster Highway) to learn about the application of ergonomics at WorkSafeBC. You wi’ll find opportunities to network and hear presentations on the following topics:

  • Office ergonomics
  • Musculoskeletal injury prevention
  • Human Factors

Watch their website ( for upcoming information about this event.  If you’re planning to attend, please respond to or