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Safe Moving: How to Avoid Injury according to the CNESST?

It is easy to get injured while moving if you do too much.
27 August 2019,

A move always brings a lot of stress, even when the goods and furniture to be moved are few.
There is the psychological and emotional aspect: you will be leaving your home that is full of memories for a place you do not know very well.
There is also that fear of valuables getting damaged, etc.

The next question is not asked very often. And yet, we should. “Does your move meet safety standards?
You should also check if your movers also meet these standards.
Learn here what a safe move is.

 

Moving is conducive to injury

It is easy to get injured while moving if you do too much.

An infographic published on the CBC website clearly demonstrates this.
The injuries can be explained by the fact that it is an activity that uses physical force.

Moving also requires organization and requires experience as well as specific skills.
And yet, this is not always the case for those who move DIY at no cost and, perhaps, even with some movers.

Understand how a move can cause injuries by noting that:

  • Back injuries due to moving: 1 in 5 Quebecers;
  • Back injury while working: 1 in 3 movers;
  • Back injury requires a mover an average of 50 days of absences.

 

Registration with the CNESST: Required for movers

The CNESST (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail) is the result of the merger of the CNT (Commission des normes du travail), the ETUC (Commission pour l’équité salariale) and the CSST (Commission for Occupational Health and Safety) on January 1, 2016.

It is stated in the website regarding registration that it is mandatory for a business with an establishment in Quebec and with at least one worker, part-time or full-time.

The role of the CNESST is:

  • To support employers and workers in Quebec in the prevention of occupational diseases and accidents at work;
  • Provide benefits to victims;
  • To receive employer contributions and to provide workers with insurance coverage.

 

Reliable and free removal with the IVAC

IVAC: Crime Victims Compensation

The IVAC Directorate reports to CNESST.

Thus, the movers who do business with the IVAC are all in good standing with the CNESST.

The application of the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act (RSQ, chapter I-6) and the Act to promote good citizenship (RSQ, chapter C-20) falls under the direction of the IVAC.

Among the expenses that the IVAC can reimburse are moving expenses for certain situations.

Therefore, to make the claim for compensation and benefit from a reliable and free move with the IVAC, you must meet all the eligibility criteria of the program:

  • Involuntary injury or death during a criminal act in Québec;
  • Application to be made within two years after you realize the probable connection between the harm suffered (physical or psychological injury) and the indictable offense.

 

How to move safely according to CNESST?

Have a good grip on the load: 

  • Do not overload (boxes and arms), check the strength of the bottom and reinforce the flaps;
  • Wear resistant gloves and non-slip shoes;
  • Keep close to the body and always below the shoulders;
  • Use boxes with handles of the same size.

Facilitate circulation and reduce carry as much as possible:

  • Always work in two’s;
  • Use double straps and crossing at the back (for heavy furniture);
  • Use wheeled handling equipment (devil, rolling base, specialized means for very heavy loads);
  • Use wide bridges and platforms with as little slope as possible to access the truck.

Protect the body as much as possible:

  • Push very heavy loads instead of pulling them;
  • Position the strongest person at the bottom when climbing stairs: it controls the rhythm;
  • Do not bend your back, but bend your knees and lift with arms, thighs and abs;
  • Drink regularly water;
  • Take short breaks as often as possible.

 

VIA Prevention, membership organization for moving and storage

Via Prevention is an association created in 1982 by representatives of employers and unions in accordance with the Act respecting occupational health and safety.

As a non-profit group, the association is autonomous and joint.

The association offers services:

  • Training,
  • Information,
  • Counseling,
  • Health and safety research and road safety research.

 

These services are aimed at employers and workers in these sectors:

  • Transport;
  • Storage;
  • Environment

 

The importance of VIA Prevention lies in: 

  • Worker protection;
  • Optimized profitability for companies
  • More productive workers and businesses;
  • Returning a positive corporate image.

 

Hire movers in good standing with CNESST for your safe move

To find movers in good standing with the CNESST and do business with them in order to benefit from a safe move, there is only one place to go: 5 Movers Quotes.

Our web platform has as partners the best professional movers in Quebec.

They are all movers in good standing with CNESST, reliable, and competent movers, scattered throughout the province of Quebec and even in the surrounding areas.

5 Movers Quotes offers you a form to fill out online.

Easy to use, the form allows you to obtain up to 5 quotes from 5 different movers, regardless of where you are and where you are moving.

 

By using our platform, you can benefit from our service:

  • Completely free and no obligation: you don’t have to hire a mover unless you are satisfied.
  • Convenient: You can get up to 5 free quotes by filling out 1 online form. You don’t need to make other requests from other sites.
  • Fast: You receive quotes in just a very short time and compare them.
  • Accessible to people living in Quebec and its surrounding areas. Our partner moving companies serve:
    • Montreal;
    • Quebec;
    • Laval;
    • Gatineau;
    • Longueuil;
    • Sherbrooke;
    • Saguenay;
    • Lévis;
    • Trois-Rivières
    • All throughout Quebec and other cities close to the province.

 

If you want to know how our platform works, we have a very informative article which include key questions and answers about 5 movers quotes.

 

Take advantage of our service to find a professional mover who can provide you with a safe move.

Fill out the short online form on this page it’s simple, practical, fast, free, and without obligation.

 

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