Hazardous manual task training forms an important part of an employer's risk identification and control processes, but can't be relied on to tackle the scourge of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, in part because it doesn't address the multiple causes of these injuries, and the techniques taught are often ignored or impractical, according to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
An appeals commission has rejected a worker's claim that his heart condition and attack were aggravated entirely by his "heavy" work tasks, after hearing his duties were suitable for a "not very fit" employee.
About half of all manual handling tasks require potentially hazardous pushing and pulling motions. Physical therapy experts have identified optimal methods to reduce spinal load and prevent musculoskeletal injuries from these tasks.
The increasing focus on risk reduction measures in work safety laws and practices over the last 20 years has failed to reduce the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, with digitalisation and automation increasing mental stress and muscle tension, and forcing some workers into "machine-paced roles", a major research review has found.
A medical panel denied a worker procedural fairness when it went outside the "parameters" of his injury dispute to find his traumatic experience as a refugee caused his psychological injury, a superior court has found in rejecting an employer's appeal.