Category Archives: Back Injuries

Employers are urged to scrap off-the-shelf safety practices – New web-based advice on manual handling

Employers are urged to scrap off-the-shelf safety practices – New web-based advice on manual handling The Health and Safety Executive has launched new support for employers regarding manual handling, stressing that simplistic one-size-fits-all advice is unhelpful and companies need to use a more tailored approach to keep their workers safe. Manual handling, relating to moving […]

HSE implements impromptu inspections in food manufacturing

[breadcrumb] HSE implements impromptu inspections in food manufacturing On 2nd January, the Health and Safety Executive announced a stringent inspection programme targeting the food manufacturing industry, starting from the date of the release of the news. The two key ill health issues they will look for are occupational asthma, caused by exposure to flour dust, […]

Back Care Awareness Week – Highlighting life-long back pain potential

[breadcrumb] Back Care Awareness Week – Highlighting life-long back pain potential This year’s Back Care Awareness Week focuses on education, with research showing one in four UK pupils suffers from back pain. Whilst this statistic is very worrying, it reflects recent research that shows back and neck pain in the workplace continues to be a […]

It’s National Cupcake Week – but is baking as sweet as it seems?

[breadcrumb] It’s National Cupcake Week – but is baking as sweet as it seems? Whilst the baking world celebrates National Cupcake Week and the nation continues to be glued to the Great British Bake Off, it’s worth giving a thought to the thousands of people who work in baking in the UK, and who sometimes […]

Ibuprofen ‘useless’ treatment for chronic back pain

[breadcrumb] Ibuprofen ‘useless’ treatment for chronic back pain Research suggests that nearly half of us will suffer back pain at some point in our lives. Most of us will reach for the ibuprofen but new research suggests that drugs like ibuprofen, known as NSAIDs, have little more than a placebo effect and could do more […]

9 Million days lost to workplace musculoskeletal pain last year

[breadcrumb] 9 Million days lost to workplace musculoskeletal pain last year The UK lost 8.8 million working days to work-related musculoskeletal disorders or WRMSD’s in 2016 according to latest statistics release by the Health & Safety Executive. Although this figure doesn’t differ greatly from previous years, the impact on businesses is nevertheless shocking.  Musculoskeletal disorders […]

Back Pain can signal early death for some

[breadcrumb] Back Pain can signal early death for some Researchers at the University of Sydney have announced the surprising results of a recent investigation into spinal pain and death rates.  They found that back pain sufferers are 13 per cent more likely to die early from any cause. The announcement comes shortly after other news […]

Workplace back injury remains major cause of illness

[breadcrumb] Workplace back injury remains major cause of illness Despite the best efforts of Health & Safety advisors, recent figures reveal no reduction in the number of work-related back injuries over the past few years. According to the Labour Force Survey as quoted in the latest Health & Safety Executive’s Musculoskeletal Statistics Report 2016, there […]

Health and Safety Executive release annual report 2014/15

[breadcrumb] Health and Safety Executive release annual report 2014/15 Last week the UK’s governing health and safety body, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), released their annual report including key stats and figures. Every year the HSE collate reports and figures and releases them in a couple of handy documents which aim to show the […]

Back Pain scans for seniors does not improve outcomes

[breadcrumb] Back Pain scans for seniors does not improve outcomes In the health care system it is common to have set guidelines which govern procedures when dealing with certain conditions such as back pain. These guidelines state that when an individual (over 65) reports back pain to their physician they are sent for a diagnostic […]