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11/01/2021

Preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the construction sector

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© EU-OSHA / David Tijero Osorio

Moving loads, awkward postures and vibrations from machinery all take their toll on the body: it is no surprise then that construction workers face an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

A new discussion paper explores this issue and looks at the importance of effective risk assessment.

It also shines a light on progress being made in Italy, where the work safety authority INAIL is rolling out an incentive scheme to mechanise manual operations and update equipment, thereby reducing MSD risk factors in the sector.

 

Read the discussion paper

Find out more about construction safety risks and prevention in OSHwiki

Visit Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load and the MSDs dedicated web section