Construction safety focus: Preventing musculoskeletal disorders

WorkSafe’s focus on preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the construction industry.


What it contains

MSDs are the most common injury sustained by construction workers. This document outlines how WorkSafe inspectors visiting construction sites check the ways workplaces control MSD risks. It explains:

  • what is a MSD
  • how workers can get a MSD from manual handling and when they slip or trip
  • how employers have duties to identify and prevent MSD risks
  • ways to control hazardous manual handling and fall risks