Mining Boom May Lead to Injury Boom

Due to the recent INPEX announcement earlier this year, in this months column I’d like to focus on the mining industry CAA member Chiropractors commonly treat employees of the mining industry for a wide range of spinal complaints. Mine workers often work long shifts, perform physically challenging and repetitive tasks and are therefore at an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury. The hard manual work performed by mine employees often leads to low back pain, whilst employees that operate machinery often suffer mid to upper back and neck injuries as a result of the more stationery nature of their occupation. Other common causes of musculoskeletal pain and injury in the mining industry include overexertion, vehicle jarring and vibration, frequent bending and [...]