Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational illness in Great Britain, MSDs include lower back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries. More than 20% of injuries in tree work are MSD-related. The resulting cost of absence can be serious for any tree work business.
Early symptoms of MSDs include:
Further advice and guidance on managing these risks can be found on HSE’s Musculoskeletal Disorders homepage