Preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the construction sector: examples from INAIL incentive schemes


This discussion paper looks at the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the construction sector in the EU and in Italy in particular and at the tasks that put workers at risk, such as manual lifting and awkward postures.

The paper focuses on vibrations as a significant risk factor, with workers who operate tools and machinery exposed to hand-arm vibrations  and whole-body vibrations.

Information is provided on standardised methods to assess risks related to biomechanical overload and the paper presents examples of projects funded INAIL, the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work, to help construction companies reduce MSD risks.

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