Common Workplace Injuries

The image below illustrates common musculoskeletal injuries experienced by workers. Sprains and strains play a huge part in the cause of these injuries and can often be the result of accumulative forces over time. These types of injuries can be painful and require lengthy recovery periods.

Workplace injuries are a chief concern for many Australian businesses and consequently manual handling training has become a common tool to prevent these types of injuries. To get the best results for your Manual Handling Programs you should always target injuries and work tasks specific to your industry. Make sure you use a Manual Handling Program that is developed by health professionals that addresses safe work technique as well as injury prevention strategies for your company's needs. 



Body Part % of total injuries Injury Type Injury Mechanism  Hazards
Back 38% Muscle & tendon spains & strains Lifting or carrying packing boxes/crates Manual tasks
Shoulder 14% Muscle & tendon sprains & strains Handling people People handling
Knee 10% Muscle and tendon sprains and strains Falling or slipping on poor ground surfaces Slips, trips and falls
Ankle 6% Muscle and tendon sprains and strains Falling or slipping on poor ground surfaces Slips, trips and falls
Neck 6% Muscle and tendon sprains and strains Vehicle accidents in cars, vans & utilities Plant, machinery and equipment
Wrist 6% Muscle and tendon sprains and strains Lifting or carrying packing boxes/crates Slips, trips and falls
Hand and fingers 4% Muscle & tendon sprains & strains Handling people People handling
Elbow 3% Muscle & tendon sprains and strains Lifting or carrying packing boxes/crates Manual tasks

For information on Body Leadership's Manual Handling Training please call (07) 3847 8040.

Source: Queensland Employee Injury Database. Data current as at August 2008 and is subject to change over time.