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Industrial Diseases

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many instances of musculoskeletal conditions reported to have been caused or aggravated by workplace conditions his Department has recorded since 2010.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The latest year for which statistics are available is 2009-10. The best estimate of the overall number of musculoskeletal disorders caused or aggravated by working conditions comes from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). An estimated 572,000 people, who worked during the last year, suffered from a musculoskeletal disorder (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 188,000 of these were new conditions which started during the year.

Musculoskeletal disorders 2009-10
Estimated cases (thousand)
Total cases of musculoskeletal disorders 572
New cases of musculoskeletal disorders 188

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