Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the Workplace: A Forensic and Epidemiological Analysis

1st Edition

Richard Graveling

CRC Press
Published October 9, 2018
Reference - 198 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138744332 - CAT# K32403

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Summary

Whether you call them work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs), cumulative trauma disorders (CTDS), or occupational overuse syndromes (OOSs), these conditions are a cause of pain, disability and suffering to workers worldwide. These designations often imply that their causes are related to work, but the supporting evidence can be unclear. Transparency is important, especially when it is necessary to form a connection with work factors to obtain treatment or compensation. This book addresses the dilemma.

Written by a professional ergonomist with almost 40 years of experience in workplace ergonomics, this book combines a critical summary and assessment of the epidemiological literature with an exploration of the scientific and medical evidence for possible causal mechanisms to develop well-informed conclusions on causation of a number of common musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb and intervertebral disc injury.

Although much of the book focuses on physical factors, the role of psychosocial factors is increasingly being recognized and an additional chapter reviews a number of the current theories relating to this important issue.

Features

  • Focuses on a clear and authoritative account of the evidence for the role of work in the causation of commonly occurring ULDs and disc injury
  • Provides an up-to-date compilation of the scientific evidence, devoid of views based on assumptions or prejudice
  • Presents a clear explanation of the most likely causal mechanisms for common ULDs and disc injuries
  • Includes a summary of theories concerning the role played by psychosocial factors
  • Outlines the statistical evidence in a clear and understandable manner
  • Bridges the gap between the evidence-base in the scientific and medical research literature and the practitioner