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MSDs in the agriculture sector: from identifying the risks to adopting preventive measures

Type
Guides & Tools
Country
Italy
Languages
English
Provider
EU-OSHA

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Description

Description: 

Farming involves a lot of repetitive work. Manual handling and lifting in particular can cause strain and awkward positions. Outdoor work and specificities of terrain make the design of agricultural machinery challenging. This discussion paper looks at the use of mechanisation to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, especially upper limb disorders, in the agricultural sector.

MSDs in the agriculture sector: from identifying the risks to adopting preventive measures

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
Repetitive movements/work
Static postures - standing
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Worker participation
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Target audience: 
All (no specific target audience)
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2020