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Why do Pains and Strains/ Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Occur in the Workplace?

  • Issued: December 2009
  • Content last reviewed: December 2009

The human body is an amazing machine. It can do a huge variety of difficult, complex and unique physical tasks. However, the human body is also limited in what it can do. Pains and strains/MSDs occur where the demands of the job exceed the capabilities of the person doing the job.

Each person in a workplace is unique. This diversity shows up in many ways including:

  • Size and shape
  • Strength and endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Hearing
  • Eyesight
  • Knowledge and experience
  • Education and skill.

Because of these differences, the fact that one person can perform a job without suffering an MSD does not mean that everyone will be able to. Jobs should be designed for a variety of workers.

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