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Whisky workers in back pain event
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Manual work is part of the job for many whisky employees
An event which aims to reduce the number of whisky industry workers who suffer from back pain has been launched by safety officials.

Conditions such as lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries are the most common form of work-related illness.

The Health and Safety Executive has teamed up with several whisky bodies in a bid to help industry employees, many of whom are engaged in manual work.

The workshop is being held in the Dewar Centre in Perth on Tuesday.

HSE inspector Gaynor Parry, who organised the workshop, said "muscoskeletal disorders" were a huge problem across many industry sectors.

Alison Galbraith, of the Scotch Whisky Association, added: "The industry has been taking steps to address manual handling incidents and, as a result, these have been consistently falling over the last 10 years.

"However, the industry is not complacent and we hope that this workshop will continue to highlight the risks of musculoskeletal disorders."


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