Australian workers are all too familiar with musculoskeletal injuries especially those in the construction industry.
Worksafe Inspectors will be focusing on musculoskeletal injuries, visiting sites to ensure hazards and risks associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) are managed.
MSDs are commonly associated with manual handling jobs including lifting heavy or awkward loads, as well as slips and trips while moving around the site.
WorkSafe Victoria says 6200 injury claims were made by construction workers for MSDs over the past 5 years.
Soft tissue injuries can be long term and debilitating. In some cases they can mean the end of a career in construction, WorkSafe warned, whether the injury is to the back, shoulder, wrist, ankle etc.
Many of these injuries are preventable prompting WorkSafe to embark on this campaign. They are urging employers in construction to re-evaluate the effectiveness of their injury prevention strategies.