Prevention of WMSDS from Biomechanical Overload in Agriculture: A Project by Italian Regions
Authors: Giorgio Di Leone, Annamaria Del Rosso, Fulvio Longo
Abstract: The biomechanical overload disorders of the musculoskeletal system are constantly increasing in Italy and became the most reported occupational diseases to INAIL (Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority). Some sectors, such as agriculture, health and crafts, generally show a particular rise of these diseases while other sectors (such as fishing) are still struggling to bring out the work-related diseases. The Apulia Region included in the Regional Plan for Prevention 2010 - 2012 initiatives in order to secure a better understanding of the tools both for the assessment of risk due to the biomechanical overload of the musculoskeletal system and for the prevention of the diseases related to them. This approach allowed us to collect items of interest in order to better know the ergonomic risk in Apulian agriculture and to define the future prevention policies.
Keywords: Occupational diseases, Apulian agriculture, Regional Plan for Prevention, Biomechanical agricultural overload
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