How can we better manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) across our business?

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How can we better manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) across our business?

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can affect muscles, joints and tendons in all parts of the body. Most work-related MSDs develop over time and can also result from fractures sustained in an accident.

Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates about MSDs in Great Britain are summarised below.

  • Generally, there has been a downward trend in the total number of work-related MSDs since 2001/02.

  • The total number of MSD cases in 2011/12 was 439,000 out of a total 1,073,000 for all work-related illnesses.

  • The number of new cases of MSDs in Great Britain in 2011/12 was 141,000, down from 158,000 in 2010/11.

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