Musculoskeletal disorders

What you need to know

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:

  • Poor posture
  • Muscular tightness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Restricted range of movement
  • Persistent pain and twinges

Further advice and guidance on managing these risks can be found on HSE's Musculoskeletal Disorders homepage

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