ACT launches Strategy to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

Friday, 13 May, 2022

ACT launches Strategy to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

As part of its commitment to ensuring safe and productive workplaces, WorkSafe ACT has launched its Strategy to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (the Strategy). Most workers can experience aches and pains when carrying out physical tasks such as heavy lifting, sitting or standing too long, or working in an enclosed space. While these activities are often dismissed, they can cause severe and long-term issues for worker health.

WorkSafe ACT revealed that over half of the MSD-related workers’ compensations claims are from the Construction, Healthcare and Retail industries. Through implementing this Strategy, WorkSafe ACT aims to reduce the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work by at least 30%. In launching the Strategy, Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius emphasised the need to prevent MSDs for safe, healthy and productive working lives.

“The workers who are most likely to suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder work in the industries that contribute so much to making the ACT such a great place to live. Our Strategy aims to educate all workers and employers to prevent these painful and serious conditions. Our target is ambitious but achievable. All workplace injuries are avoidable. We look forward to working with these — and all — sectors to make real change to the health and safety of Canberrans,” Agius said.

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