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Posted September 6, 2019
WRULDs are chronic (persistent) injuries such as tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome which result from repetitive tasks on production lines. WRULDs account for around 23% and Chronic back pain accounts for around 35% of cases in occupational ill health in food and drink manufacture. These can stem from repetitive or awkward lifting (e.g. on packing lines, production lines).
In the food and drink industries, most musculoskeletal injuries arise from just 5 causes:
These are key tasks to which attention should be paid when carrying out risk assessments.
Injury and health problems show up in different ways, such as:
Having issues with sickness absence, high staff turnover, retraining causes a loss of production and is very costly to business’. Looking after your employees is key to helping them stay healthy and can support your business.
Identify which tasks present a serious risk of chronic injury (e.g.from repetitive upper body worker frequent bending). Assess these tasks in detail to decide what factors lead to the risk Introduce mechanisation where this is reasonably practicable,e.g. automation, bulk handling, vacuum lifters.
Where mechanisation is not possible, introduce measures to prevent injury, e.g. improved ergonomic design of work stations and work areas, job rotation, training, medical surveillance, job transfer Consult fully with trade union safety representatives or other employee representatives and workers to ensure effective and workable solutions to problems.
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