Forceful handgrip work is one of three occupational biomechanical exposures that can cause radial tunnel syndrome, a common and costly nerve entrapment condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, European researchers have discovered.
A worker's failure to abide by a "rough rule of thumb" in a manual handling document did not amount to him negligently contributing to an injury resulting from his employer's OHS breaches, an appeals court has found.
An employer's duty to provide a safe system of work extends to maintaining and enforcing such a system, including where an alternative system creates a foreseeable risk of injury of any severity, an appeals court has found in upholding an injured worker's $1.4 million award.
Workers with high physical workloads are three times more likely than others to end up struggling with tasks like climbing stairs, possibly due to insufficient rest times or reduced motivation for leisure-time activities, European researchers have found.
Young workers emulate their co-workers' and managers' risk-taking behaviours and tackling the high risk of injury among them requires raising organisational safety and cultural standards, according to Nordic researchers.
A company director breached WHS laws in failing to adopt special "team handling" measures - outlined in a Code of Practice - for a task requiring workers to apply "high force" for more than 30 seconds, a judge has found.
A national tribunal has rejected a "frequently encountered" claim employers adopt to avoid liability for workers' diseases and ailments - that their conditions would have occurred irrespective of their jobs - and found a worker's carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related.
A host employer has been ordered to pay a worker nearly $270,000 in damages for manual handling injuries he sustained after it switched his task to lifting 55kg objects, without training or supervision.