Work-related musculoskeletal disorders - the facts
Posted on May 02, 2019
In a recent study, manual handling, awkward or tiring positions and keyboard work or repetitive action including the use of power tools are estimated to be the main causes of work-related musculoskeletal disorders based on 2009/10-2011/12 LFS data.
469,000 workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or longstanding) in 2017/18
156,000 workers suffering from a new case of work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2017/18
6.6 million working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2017/18
Musculoskeletal disorders by affected area, 2017/18:
- 18% Lower limbs (86,000)
- 40% Back (186,000)
- 42% Upper limbs or neck (197,000)
Top 5 industries with higher than average rates of musculoskeletal disorders, averaged 2015/16–2017/18:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Transportation and storage
- Public admin and defence
- Human health and social work
Estimates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are based on self-reports from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).
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