10 reasons to worry about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at work

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a group of painful conditions affecting the tendons, nerves and muscles. In most cases, they end up getting worse if nothing is done and the consequences are dramatic both personally and professionally.

10 reasons to worry about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at work
10 reasons to worry about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at work

Here are 10 reasons why you should be concerned about MSDs at work.

Deterioration of the state of health

At their start, the musculoskeletal problems are expressed by pain and stiffness of the affected areas. Usually it improves with rest, but if nothing is done, the problems become chronic. This results in a loss of strength and clumsiness that can become irreversible and cause severe lesions.

Disability risk

Muscles, tendons and nerves are essential for mobility. An MSD treated late can lead to a disability and nail the patient to an armchair or deprive him of the use of one of his limbs. This obviously results in an inability to work.

Increase in incidents and accidents at work

The fatigue, discomfort and pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders cause a lack of attention and a reduction in reaction skills. All this increases accidents and work incidents. On the other hand, the loss and repair rate is also increasing in the business.

Degradation of professional life

Being plagued with MSDs all the time at a very negative impact on the professional life of the worker. He will see his productivity decrease without being able to remedy it. This leads to frustration followed by a loss of motivation.

Assignment to an unwanted position

As part of a MSD prevention a worker may be transferred to an unwanted position. Even if it is for a good cause, he will certainly be very unhappy about it.

Impact on business activity

A worker with MSD negatively influences the performance of his company. His absences for health reasons will cause a disorganization of the teams and a modification of the distribution of the loads. The direct consequence is a delay in the schedule of activities.

Impact on colleagues

The absence of a worker or his inability to perform his work properly has a direct impact on his colleagues. The latter will be in great demand and will work under pressure to fill the void. This induces a deterioration in the working atmosphere and even causes new cases of MSDs to appear.

Impact on business expenses

The TMS are classified as accidents at work or occupational diseases. As such, they induce an increase in the rate of contributions for companies. In addition to this, training costs must be spent to train replacements for sick workers.

Risk of dismissal

For its proper functioning, a company cannot allow a slowdown in its activities or the payment of unforeseen additional costs. However, the presence of an individual suffering from MSDs in the workforce costs the cost. To limit the damage, the company often has to make the painful decision to do without their service.

Damage to the image of the company

When motivated and conscientious employees come to suffer from MSDs, productivity objectives are difficult to achieve. The company loses both qualitatively and quantitatively. One of the direct consequences is the degradation of its image.

Patrice Groult
I am Patrice Groult, journalist and creator of the 10-raisons.fr website. I have a long experience of the written press and the radio. I got into journalism in 2004 while living in New York. I have worked for several French media, notably Le Figaro and France Inter. In 2016, I decided to create my own website, 10-raisons.fr. The formula was innovative: articles in the form of “10 reasons for...”. I wanted to offer relevant and original content, which allows readers to better understand the world around them. Since then, 10-raisons.fr has been a great success. The site now has more than 3 million visitors per month, and its articles are shared by thousands of people on social networks. I strive to offer quality content and to demonstrate objectivity and impartiality in the treatment of the topics covered.