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15/10/2020

Staying safe down on the farm: reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders among agricultural workers

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Source: photo by Ugo Caselli

Farming is a sector with one of the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), as it traditionally involves heavy loads, repetitive movements and static postures. A new discussion paper looks into the example of Italy’s Marche region to examine how mechanisation can reduce the MSDs risk factors.

The paper –– and a second paper focusing on risk assessment of upper limbs MSDs in agriculture to be published later this year –– were produced under a research agreement between EU-OSHA and INAIL, the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work.

Download the discussion paper on Musculoskeletal disorders in agriculture: from identifying the risks to adopting preventive measures 

Find out more about EU-OSHA’s research on work-related MSDs