Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), or soft tissue injuries, are the single largest category of workplace injury and are responsible for almost 30% of all workers’ compensation costs. On average, U.S.-based organizations spent 50 billion dollars on direct MSD costs. Beyond those hard dollars, lost worktime and productivity compound business losses.
Rachel Michael will explain why using traditional accident investigation methods to review sprain/strain type injuries may not be capturing the whole story. You’ll learn what aspects of a root cause analysis may differ when investigating soft tissue claims versus immediate and traumatic workplace injuries.
Rachel Michael, CPE, CHSP
Principal Consultant, BSI Group
Rachel Michael is Principal Consultant at BSI Group, an Environmental, Health and Safety, and Sustainability consulting firm providing services to a broad range of clients, including research and development organizations, manufacturing, heavy and light industry, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers. In addition to having an M.S. in Ergonomics from Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Sweden, she is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Certified Health Care Safety Professional. She currently serves as Program Co-Chair of The National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo, and is a former President and Director for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Known for her engaging and energetic training, she has led classes online as well as throughout the world.