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Worker perspectives on back pain, heavy manual labour and sickness absence

RTWMatters team

Danish researchers conclude that ergonomics training can cause confusion and stress, while supportive supervisors make it easier for workers to stay at work with a sore back.

Key messages For workers struggling to manage back pain and heavy manual work, aspects of the working environment challenge their capacity to cope. In fact - unless the back pain is severely disabling - workplace issues have the biggest influence on decisions about whether or not to come to work. Workplace issues are more influential than personal factors when a manual worker with back pain decides whether or not to take sick leave.  Work...

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