Campaign to raise awareness of musculoskeletal injuries


A year-long WorkCover campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries has been launched in Victoria

June 12, 2012

A year-long WorkCover campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries has been launched in Victoria.

Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common accidents in the workplace, costing nearly $1 billion a year in medical costs, wages and other expenses, Victorian Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips says.

He says the injuries affect the body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

"[They] are easily prevented, often difficult to treat and can be long-lasting and a source of great pain," Rich-Phillips says.

"Every day 43 Victorians are seriously hurt with these injuries, with an average workers’ compensation claim costing $55,000 medical costs, wages and other expenses."

Rich-Phillips says dangerous manual handling, particularly lifting, lowering and moving items around, accounts for about 68 percent of all workers’ compensation claims.

He says about 20 percent of claims stem from slips, trips and falls.

"These injuries are largely hidden because they do not make the nightly news but the impact on workers, their families and their employer’s business can be enormous and long-lasting," he says.

"Ensuring people are properly trained and supervised, use the right equipment and clean up spills to prevent falls are no-cost or low-cost measures that will reduce workplace accidents."




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