The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) collate ergonomic injury data submitted through reportable accidents and diseases (RIDDOR reports). This data has been analysed to show the most common types of injury occurring within the pharmaceutical industry.
The following graphs relate to the RIDDOR reports submitted to the HSE between 2001 & 2004 from the pharmaceuticals sector.
Manual handling incidents were the most frequently reported RIDDOR, with upper limb disorders being third most frequent.
Cramp and tendon inflammation are the most commonly reported upper limb disorder.
The back is most commonly injured during manual handling, followed by the upper limbs.