Are workplace activities harmful?

Dr Mary Wyatt

Despite growing perceptions that workplace activities cause and complicate injuries, the evidence suggests the opposite.

Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common form of workplace-based claims. The fact that they are also the least understood, means that current health and safety approaches and campaigns may even be contributing to the prevalence of these injuries. That doesn’t mean overuse problems do not occur. Here’s an example. A month ago I saw a man who had developed pain in both arms within three weeks of commencing a new job. The job ...

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Published 12 April, 2010 | Updated 17 June, 2014