Hazardous manual tasks

Roads and Maritime manages the risks of hazardous manual tasks. These are tasks that have the potential to cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

MSDs can occur by:

  • Gradual wear and tear of joints, ligaments, muscles and inter-vertebral discs, caused by repeated or continuous use of the same body parts, including static body positions
  • Sudden damage caused by strenuous activity or unexpected movements, such as when loads being handled move or change position suddenly
  • A combination of mechanisms, for example body tissue that has been weakened by cumulative damage may be vulnerable to sudden injury by lower forces.

Workers could be exposed to hazards associated with hazardous manual tasks. Our safety systems – including procedures, tools and guidance – assist in eliminating or minimising risks.

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