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Date PostedDecember 28, 2014

Musculoskeletal Disorders Convention taking Place in Brisbane

Musculoskeletal disorders are amongst the most common and debilitating injuries suffered by workers in the construction industry. But despite their seriousness and how commonly they occur not enough is known on these injuries and how to overcome them.

A symposium to be held in Brisbane in the first half of next year aims to address this issue by discussing the latest research on the subject and highlighting best practice approaches. The event will take place at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 3 to 4 March 2015.

The symposium will include discussion sessions on the characteristics of high performing workplaces, critical role leadership plays in creating a good safety culture and the business benefits of managing musculoskeletal Disorders.

A post on SafetyCulture.com.au explained in more detail about what the symposium will feature,

200x200xqueensland.jpg.pagespeed.ic.kyNFjqmft5Sessions on the link between MSDs and psychosocial risk factors, the link between MSDs and chronic disease risk factors (including sedentary work), and how to engage workers on MSD risk factors will be conducted.

Professor Dennis Else, Executive Director, Safety, Sustainability and Health, Brookfield Multiplex Australasia and Director, the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living will deliver a keynote presentation on the OHS characteristics of high performing workplaces.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/musculoskeletal-disorders-symposium-held-2015/#.VJ5evl4AGU

Manual handling tasks are often not given then the attention that other hazards have because the injuries associated with them, ie. musculoskeletal injuries, are perceived as less dangerous, this is a dangerous belief because if we are not aware of the risks we cannot guard against them. An especially exciting forum will take place at the symposium which will include a myth busting panel session and a range of case studies presented by Queensland businesses.

Musculoskeletal disorders in Oz are a major source of disability and lost work time which is why events such as this one are so needed.

It is also important that safety training take priority in the workplace before workers even begin work on the site. The mandatory construction induction training required for workers anywhere in Oz is the White Card. The White Card course covers the topic of musculoskeletal disorders in general and also covers the hazards that carry a risk of a musculoskeletal injury.

The highest prevalence area of the body that is linked to musculoskeletal disorders is the back. The neck and shoulders are also very commonly affected followed by the knees.

Employers need to ensure that the activities being carried out on their worksite do not present a risk to workers. The hazards that could lead musculoskeletal disorders need to be addressed beforehand and the risks assessed. They can either be eliminated and replaced with a less hazardous activity or controlled so that the risks associated with them are minimised.



Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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