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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

507,000 workers suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or long-standing) in 2016/17

8.9 million working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2016/17

Musculoskeletal disorders by affected area, 2016/17

Graph showing a breakdown of the different types of MSDs by affected area, the highest being upper limbs or neck.

Industries with higher than average rates of musculoskeletal disorders, averaged 2014/15-2016/17

Graph showing a range of industries and the rates of MSDs, construction being the highest

* Rate based on fewer than 30 sample cases

Musculoskeletal disorders per 100,000 workers: new and long-standing

Graph showing a general downward trend in the number of MSDs

Source: Labour Force Survey (estimates of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders caused or made worse by work)

Further information

Updated 2017-10-25