Speak up about musculoskeletal disorders

In the NSW mining industry, musculoskeletal disorders are a serious health concern, accounting for over 40% of workers compensation claims. Participative ergonomics is a proven approach to preventing musculoskeletal disorders.

The key to the success of participative ergonomics is the use of workers as task experts. Workers are given the knowledge and tools to identify hazardous manual tasks. Workers, together with supervisors and managers then develop solutions to reduce the hazards.

Education program

A short video is available that outlines the approach. With assistance from a suitable professional such as an ergonomist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist you can you the resources below to run a program in your workplace.

Supporting communication campaign

The resources include an onsite communication campaign. It uses images of local mine and quarry workers to highlight the dangers of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace and how it affects their lives and their families.

The campaign is colloquial and evocative, but was carefully developed through research and focus testing to reach workers at their level and engage with their motivations. More information on how the campaign messaging was developed and focus testing of the materials is available on the communication campaign page.

The communication campaign includes a series of posters and videos.

Mine worker with text saying 'Stuff your back, stuff your life

Image: One of the campaign posters.