Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorder Statistics (WRMSDs) in Great Britain 2014/15
Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) can affect muscles, joints and tendons in all parts of the body. Most work-related MSDs develop over time and can also result from fractures sustained in an accident.
The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that in Great Britain:
- The total number of WRMSDs cases (prevalence) in 2014/15 was 553,000 out of a total of 1,243,000 for all work related illnesses, 44% of the total.
- The number of new cases of WRMSDs (incidence) in 2014/15 was 169,000, an incidence rate of 530 cases per 100,000 people. The estimated number and rate fell in the ten years to 2011/12, but rose in 2013/14 (no data was collected in 2012/13) and have remained at a similar level in the latest year.
- An estimated 9.5 million working days were lost due to WRMSDs, an average of 17 days lost for each case. This represents 40% of all days lost due to work related ill-health in 2014/15.
- Agriculture; construction; health and social care; and transportation and storage industries all show elevated rates of musculoskeletal disorders.
- By occupation elevated rates of musculoskeletal disorders are seen in occupations that are common across the above industries (such as health and caring occupations; skilled agricultural and construction trades; and postal workers), and also in some occupations common across other industries (such as manufacturing and public administration and defence).
Estimated rates for total cases (prevalence) and new cases (incidence) of WRMSDs for people working in the last 12 months.