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How to reduce lost time due to shoulder injuries

Gabrielle Lis

Around a quarter of work absence due to shoulder injury could be prevented if organisations better managed the risks of long-term exposure to heavy, physical work.

In Australia in 2017-18, neck and shoulder injuries accounted for 12% of workers’ compensation claims that required more than a week off work. New research shows that many of these absences may be preventable via changes at work, and even more by wellbeing programs that promote healthy lifestyles amongst workers. A large study conducted in Finland has found that around a quarter of work absences due to shoulder problems are caused by heavy...

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