Musculoskeletal disorders and shiftworker injuries

Safe Work Australia has released two new publications about musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) and the influence of shiftwork.

The first report uses statistics on work-related muscoskeletal disorders based on workers’ compensation claim data sets. The statistics reveal current trends by occupation as well as industry.

In a separate report, Safe Work Australia has also compares work-related injury rates for shift and non-shiftworkers. The report analyses the characteristics and outcomes of work-related injuries between shiftworkers and non-shiftworkers and finds that the injury rate for shiftworkers was more than two times higher than the injury rate for non-shiftworkers.

To access these reports, please go to – www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au