Musculoskeletal disorders

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    Preventing MSDs: how handling equipment design is helping

    Musculoskeletal disorders are a major cause of work-related ill health, so manufacturers of materials handling equipment are increasingly adopting ergonomic principles and design features to reduce the risk of injury when operating forklifts and similar machines.

    By Ben Haseley, Red Diamond Distribution on 08 November 2023

    Bus driver MSD pain

    Three quarters of bus drivers report MSD pain, finds survey

    Three quarters of bus drivers say their job causes them musculoskeletal (MSD) disorders such as back, neck and shoulder pain.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 11 January 2024

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    Made to move

    Movement is essential for our back and general bodily health. Yet when we sit all day, we are often static. Safety Management visits a unique ergonomic furniture shop to find out if active sitting could prevent pain.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 September 2023

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    Spring Budget: funding to tackle leading health causes keeping people out of work

    The Spring Budget has set out more funding for mental health, musculoskeletal conditions and cardiovascular disease to support more people to stay in work.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 March 2023

    Hip Pain

    Hip and knee replacement: getting people back to work

    Workers suffering from severe osteoarthritis may eventually require a knee or hip replacement, but there are many practical steps employers can take to keep them in work in the run-up to the operation – and help them successfully return afterwards.

    By Professor Karen Walker-Bone, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health on 03 October 2022

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    Sit-stand desks: avoid the pitfalls

    Sit-stand desks are a useful way of reducing sedentary behaviour at work, but it’s essential workers are trained to use them properly.

    By Guy Osmond, Osmond Ergonomics on 08 August 2022

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    It’s time to move

    Home and office workers can be tempted to become less physically active, with major implications for their health, but simple steps like regular strength exercises can combat problems like muscle loss and a reduction in cardiovascular capacity.

    By Dr RS Bridger on 03 August 2022

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    Danger at the desk

    Exploring how employers can help manage musculoskeletal pain caused by sedentary desk working.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 02 August 2022


    Active working: poor advice threatens progress

    We are sitting more than ever before – and our sedentary lives are having a big impact on both our mental health and long-term health.

    By Gavin Bradley on 14 December 2021

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    Get up off that thing

    The move to home working may increase the prevalence of ill health and obesity if workers spend more time sitting, so it’s essential employers encourage staff to exercise more.

    By Dr RS Bridger on 09 August 2021