The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that in its
February "blitz", MOL inspectors will look for hazards in
material handling – in particular, hazards that can lead
to musculoskeletal disorders.
On its website, the MOL states:
"Every day we use our muscles, tendons, ligaments and
joints to lift, carry, sit, stand, walk, move and work in a variety
of ways. However, sometimes these tasks or the way we do them can
put too much demand on our bodies, causing pain and discomfort. In
addition, it may lead to a more serious injury called a
musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). Working shouldn't
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