Plant & Works Engineering
Protecting the industrial environment
Published:  03 October, 2019

By Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s product manager for Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures

A report from the Health and Safety Executive in 2018 estimated that 6.6 million working days were lost in the UK in 2017/18 due to work related musculoskeletal disorders. This accounts for nearly a quarter (24%) of all working days lost due to work related ill-health in the UK, with an average of 14 days lost in each case.

Manual handling, awkward or tiring positions and repetitive action are estimated to be the main causes of work related musculoskeletal disorders. Interestingly, 82% of these cases affected the back, hand, wrist, arm, shoulder or neck. In terms of occupation, skilled trades’ occupations, process plant and machine operatives had significantly higher rates than other occupations.

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