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.
Workplaces continue to react to musculoskeletal injuries rather than implementing primary prevention interventions, inhibiting the reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, according to WorkSafe WA's human factors and ergonomics principal scientific officer.
Employers contemplating investing in wearable technology to prevent musculoskeletal injuries should identify the specific WHS gaps in their operations that the technology can fill, an icare injury prevention and intervention specialist says.
Many employers continue to rely on administrative controls like training in lifting techniques and stretching to tackle work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) risks, despite strong evidence that these strategies don't work, according to a report prepared for Safe Work Australia.