E-fact 17 - The prevention of work-related neck and upper limb disorders (WRULDs) in construction


WRULDs are impairments of bodily structures such as tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscles and the blood circulation system, caused by work and the effects of the working environment. WRULDs are widespread in the construction sector, especially in certain trades. This summary aims to inform workers, their supervisors and employers, and occupational safety and health professionals in the construction sector about WRULDs. It helps to identify the particular risks that workers face of developing WRULDs and provides advice and case study examples, concerning the practical steps that can be taken to prevent or reduce the risks.

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