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Case studies

Our case studies describe policy initiatives and examples of good practice in the workplace in relation to preventing and managing MSDs.

Topics include the practical application of prevention measures in various sectors and for different types of jobs; dealing with chronic MSDs; MSD prevention in relation to sedentary work; how to manage MSDs in the context of an increasingly diverse workforce; and the close connection between psychosocial risks and MSDs.

Case studies available (84)

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11/07/2022 Type: Case studies

Latvia: Implementing customised solutions to heavy lifting in a metalworking company

With the active participation of workers, the Latvian metalworking company SIA Silkeborg Spaantagning Baltic created a safe and ergonomic workplace by identifying, designing and developing practical solutions for handling and lifting of heavy loads. These customised solutions,...

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11/07/2022 Type: Case studies

Hungary: Planning and designing technical modifications on a sweets factory production line based on ergonomic principles

A risk assessment using motion-capture technology to identify ergonomic risks was performed at F&F Ltd, a small family-run sweets factory in Hungary. The company planned and designed technical modifications for its production line based on ergonomic principles to improve...

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11/07/2022 Type: Case studies

Austria: Preventing back strain in concrete production

Workers at the Austrian materials company Rohrdorfer Transportbeton GmbH were at risk from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back strain from manually lifting and emptying heavy packages into concrete mixer trucks. Thanks to a scissor lift introduced by the company to...

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11/07/2022 Type: Case studies

Spain: Introducing technical solutions in a meat production company to prevent musculoskeletal disorders

The production of pork loin at the Spanish meat company Elaborados Julián Mairal is a process that involves considerable physical effort by their workers. To prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), managers and employees consulted with an external prevention service. This...

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11/07/2022 Type: Case studies

Finland: Improving ergonomics through multi-professional cooperation in the food industry

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were the main reason for sick leave at the Finnish children’s food factory Suomen Nestlé. Improving ergonomics was the solution. The company implemented various measures to improve working procedures and conditions to prevent MSDs, support the...

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