How to prevent common injuries to muscles, bones and joints
Healthy muscles bones and joints are important to a fit active lifestyle and a safe and secure working life. To protect these from injury and illness such as back pain or repetitive strain symptoms you could adopt safe working practices, understand risks and responsibilities and spot patterns or trends in workplace incidents, accidents or absence.
Use the links below to find information on where such risks come from, signs and symptoms to look out for and what you can do to prevent such injuries.
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent injuries to muscles, bones and joints.
Reduce the weight of items or the distance they need to be moved to reduce the amount of manual force needed by your employees.
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Design tasks and equipment to suit your employees. This involves taking into account differences in
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You can also reduce the risk of injury by improving the working environment.
Act immediately on any signs and symptoms of ill health or injury and encourage early reporting.
You have a responsibility to make sure your employees know the right techniques to carry out their work and how to use tools and equipment correctly.
You can find more information on preventing injuries to muscles, bones and joints in our publication, Health risks at work.
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