Managing musculoskeletal health in the rail industry
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a broad term used to describe injuries and or conditions that can affect our musculoskeletal system. This could be bones, joints and ligaments, muscles or tendons. MSDs are characterised by symptoms such as pain and discomfort, stiffness, or loss of mobility. The onset of MSDs can be through a one off, traumatic event or underlying condition, but often they can occur spontaneously without any warning.
The Health and Safety Executive estimate that work related MSDs account for nearly 7 million lost working days each year. Therefore, it is crucial to recognise how we can prevent and manage musculoskeletal health to enable our workforce to keep working throughout their career.