Main causes of injury / occupational ill health

Manual handling / musculoskeletal injuries

Injury statistics

Musculosketal disorders (MSDs) are the largest cause of injury in both the leather and footwear industries.

How do you know if you have a problem?

If you have a problem it will be costing money from sickness absence, high staff turnover, retraining, loss of production etc. Compensation cases are increasing, and problems may affect your insurance premiums.

Managing the risk

Further guidance

The Footwear and Leather Industry Health and Safety Committee publish Guidance Notes on various health and safety topics and these are available from the British Footwear Association website.


The problem

Exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing damage. It is one of the commonest health problems and can be difficult to detect as the effects build up gradually over time.

Throughout all industry, industrial hearing loss remains the occupational disease with the highest number of civil claims accounting for about 75% of all occupational disease claims.

Further guidance

Updated 2021-01-15