In the construction industry, musculoskeletal injuries are common, as are they across all industry sectors.
In fact in Queensland alone, there are more than 40,000 musculoskeletal injury claims with an average cost of $7,059 per claim.
Musculoskeletal injuries include any injury to bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments or soft tissues. The condition can cause muscle sprain and strain, back pain, abdominal hernia, soft tissue injuries, fracture and dislocation, tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Employers should start by minimizing and eliminating hazards that can cause these injuries.
WorkCover Queensland released this video highlighting the story of a trade services organisation, CV Services Group and their approach to tackling this hazard.