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Briefing March 2020

Musculoskeletal load

Possible hazards/loads:

  • Manual handling of heavy loads (lifting, holding, carrying, pulling, pushing)
  • One-sided, constantly repeating motion sequences
  • Permanent posture (pure standing or sitting workstations, bending of the trunk, squats and kneeling during activities close to the ground)
  • Ongoing work above heart Level
  • Longer work from ladders
  • Hand, arm and whole body vibrations
  • Incorrect working method (e.g. lifting technology)
  • Overloading and incorrect strain of the musculoskeletal system

What can happen?:

  • Work-related illness - damage to the musculoskeletal system (e.g. lumbar and cervical spine, hand-arm system, knee joints)
  • Occupational illnesses
  • Downtimes

What to do?:

  • Analyze and assess work-related musculoskeletal stress
  • Eliminate or minimize the hazard
  • Reduce loads and forces with the aid of lifting aids or carrying aids
  • Ensure an optimum working height
  • Use ergonomic work equipment

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