All trades affected
Lumbago and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis… Musculoskeletal disorders represent the major part of occupational diseases recognized by the Social Security.
The upper limbs are the first to be affected, but the entire musculoskeletal system is likely to be affected by these various pathologies. Initially transient, they can become irreversible and disabling if neglected.
Many cases are recorded in the food industry (especially in the meat industry); in the metal and automobile industries; in construction, public works and cleaning. But also – and we are beginning to realize this – in the personal assistance and care professions.
The management and prevention of MSDs cannot therefore be limited to the physical adaptation of the workstation and the work rhythm. Improving the ergonomics of the gesture, attenuating the noise, adapting the light are not enough if we do not also act on the organizational and human dimension of the activity.