Revised MSAC Guide to Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders published

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are a serious health concern for the NSW mining and extractives industry, accounting for more than 40% of workers’ compensation claims. Education is crucial: an awareness study  [PDF, 1748.07 KB] found that knowledge of MSDs was poor, with only 22% of respondents claiming to be “very” or “quite” aware of the term.

We have developed several publications to help mine operators reduce the incidence and severity of MSDs, including a Guide to managing musculoskeletal disorders.The term ‘musculoskeletal disorder’ is an umbrella term for related injuries and disorders that can occur suddenly or over time. These include:

•sprains and strains of muscles, ligaments and tendons
•back injuries, including damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal discs, nerves, joints and bones
•joint injuries or degeneration, including injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, hands and feet
•bone and nerve injuries
•soft tissue hernias
•muscular and vascular disorders as a result of hand-arm vibration.

These hazards and risk factors can lead to the development of a MSD:
•awkward postures
•forceful exertions
•repetitive actions or duration
•vibration of hand or arm and whole body (including jolting and jarring)
•slips, trips and falls and other environmental factors.


A link to the Guide is found here