From carer to patient: How healthcare workers are the new epidemic in workplace injury

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Once the domain of the construction, mining and manufacturing sector, low back and musculoskeletal injury among healthcare workers has become a rapidly growing concern. In the health industry, low back injuries are due in large part to repeated manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy manual lifting associated with transferring and repositioning patients, and working in extremely awkward postures.

High-risk category workers, such as nurses, home carers and assistants, face daily strain on their backs and shoulders – in particular through heavy lifting and repetitive muscle movements. And with recent university and government studies showing that the traditional “bend your knees and keep your back straight” lifting technique is no longer the standard of care, what's next for the health and safety of these workers?

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