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Databank. Back pain
Bill Callaghan, Chair of the Health and Safety Commission reported recently that an estimated 642,000 people in the UK believed they were suffering from musculoskeletal problems affecting their back caused by work. HSE estimates that such conditions cost employers between £312 and £335 million based on 1995/96 prices. An estimated 4.8 million working days were lost in 1995, the latest year for which figures are available, through musculoskeletal disorders affecting the back caused by work. On average each sufferer took 11 days off work because of the complaint. Compensation claims are increasing and problems may affect employers' insurance premiums. But help is at hand. HSE has launched a new leaflets called Back in Work, which gives advice on managing back pain in the workplace and is aimed at employers and workers in small businesses. A manual handling video aimed at agricultural workers has also been launched. For further information call the HSE's InfoLine on 0541 545500 or write to HSE Information Centre, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ.