Muscular pains plague workers

Upper limb disorders including neck pain and repetitive strain injuries are
one of the most common work-related ailments affecting European workers, and
the problem is getting worse, according to the European Agency for Safety and
Health at Work.

The report, by Professor Peter Buckle and Dr Jason Devereux of the
University of Surrey, concludes that musculoskeletal disorders:

– May be costing EU member states up to 2 per cent of their GNP

– Appear to vary widely in their reporting between member states l Affect
women more than men

– Have biological causes

– Are strongly work-related

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