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The ‘Big Three’ causes of musculoskeletal injuries

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Did you know that musculoskeletal injuries are the cause of over 50 per cent of all workers’ compensation claims received each year in Queensland?

According to WorkCover Queensland data, in 2014-15 over 40,000 musculoskeletal injury claims were lodged across all industry sectors with an average cost of $7,059 per claim.

WorkCover Industry Manager Jane Stevens said while it is not surprising that musculoskeletal injuries make up the majority of claims due to the manual handling nature of many occupations, there is more that employers and workers can do to prevent these injuries.

“The top three most common causes of musculoskeletal injuries are lifting, carrying or putting down objects, falls, and repetitive movement or strain,” Jane said.

“The best start an employer can make to minimise and eliminate these injuries is develop and implement an effective risk assessment approach.

“Some employers we educate initially feel helpless, citing risks outside of their control as the root cause of musculoskeletal injuries. However when a simple, often cost effective, initiative can be implemented to eliminate those risks they are really surprised at the premium reductions they can achieve by keeping their workers safe,” Jane said.

Growing trade services organisation, CV Services Group is one employer who decided to take a stand and do something positive about their workplace injury rate. Their reward has been a dramatic reduction in injuries and a 100 per cent return to work rate after an injury, significantly reducing their claims costs and protecting productivity.

There are thousands of Queensland employers, like CV Services, who can make a real difference by activating simple ideas to reduce musculoskeletal injuries. Check out CV Services Group’s story for tips on how they approached safety and return to work in their workplace.

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Last updated
29 May 2017