Why backache is a headache for businesses and how to help avoid it

It's not just equipment that's put through its paces in busy logistics environments - almost half of transport and storage workers report suffering with backache1. In fact, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common work-related ailments reported in Europe, with over 58% of workers reporting they have suffered from at least one2.

Not only are MSDs painful for your workforce, they're also costly for your business.

When you consider losses in productivity, delivery delays, sick leave and even compensation, it's easy to see how backache can quickly become a headache, explain the experts from Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP). So, what can you do to help avoid it? Understand the risks

With research showing that one back-related MSD alone costs a company GBP14.5K on average3, it's clear that identifying the risks and taking preventative measures is as essential for promoting health and safety as it is for protecting your business against unnecessary costs. Carrying and lifting heavy workloads are among the key physical factors that increase the risk of your employees developing MSDs. In tough environments where your team are constantly moving products and waste, your workers are particularly vulnerable.

Let your equipment do the heavy lifting Choosing the right equipment for heavy lifting is essential when it comes to reducing the risk of injuries. Using ergonomically designed containers reduces the strain on workers' backs.  With the famed durability and robustness of the original iconic BRUTE(R), RCP's new Wheeled BRUTE(R) waste container has been designed with ergonomic features that help users move waste more easily while maintaining healthy posture.

With an ergonomic handle that requires less force when moving heavy loads of up to 80kg, the Wheeled BRUTE(R) helps to prevent users from putting excessive strain on their backs and shoulders by leveraging other muscles. The neutral wrist position allows for comfortable manoeuvrability and control while the kick/tilt plate allows users to tilt the container with their foot, reducing strain on the upper body. The 6" wheels remove the need for dragging, meaning loads can be moved five times more easily4.

Implementing preventative measures such as the new Wheeled BRUTE(R) helps to keep your workforce moving and minimises the future negative impact of MSDs on your team and your business. Famed durability to help you Buy Better, Waste Less Built to withstand the toughest demands, BRUTE(R) containers are famed for their durability and waste efficiency, never warping, cracking, fading, or crushing.

Since 1968, BRUTE(R) has helped businesses improve productivity by managing and collecting waste more efficiently and safely. Over 5 decades later, BRUTE(R) still has your back - quite literally! With a 5-year warranty for extra peace of mind, you can be confident you can Buy Better, Waste Less and support sustainable practices too.

1 Panteia based on the sixth (2015) wave of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS)

2 Panteia based on the fifth (2010) and sixth (2015) waves of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS)

3 Work-related musculoskeletal disorders - Facts and figures, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, converted from EUR to GBP based on exchange rate available on 6th May 2022

  1. Based on internal testing vs 44G non-wheeled BRUTE (R) container