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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.

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Case studies available (62)

27/07/2020 Type: Case studies 3 pages

Accommodations and self-managing osteoporosis for a university lecturer

After being diagnosed 6 years ago with osteoporosis — a condition that tends to worsen over time — a female senior lecturer continues to work full-time, carrying out numerous roles within the university where she works. This case study looks at the crucial role that early...

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27/07/2020 Type: Case studies 3 pages

Return to reception work after bone fractures due to osteopenia

A receptionist who suffered injuries in an accident as a result of her existing osteoarthritis and osteopenia returned successfully to work after a 6-month absence. This case study looks at how a successful return-to-work plan was agreed and implemented. Simple measures such as...

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27/07/2020 Type: Case studies 4 pages

Early intervention and accommodations for upper limb problems — research and data entry work

This case study highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to tackling musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. A female researcher who suffers from sore wrists and feelings of numbness in her fingers has been able to remain in her job thanks to the support she...

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27/07/2020 Type: Case studies 3 pages

Task changes for a podiatrist with neck problems

A podiatrist in her early 40s has been working with neck problems for 8 years. As a result of the nature of her work, her condition has been exacerbated by adopting awkward postures and manoeuvring patients. This case study highlights the changes that have been and will be made...

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27/07/2020 Type: Case studies 3 pages

Job role changes and equipment accommodations for a police officer with multiple chronic MSDs

Working with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be painful and challenging. This case study looks at how an experienced police officer suffering from lower back pain and other MSDs has been able to continue to work with the police thanks to a change in role. He moved...

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