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According to a new survey by the Swedish Work Environment Authority, 32% of workers aged 16-74 said they had experienced work-related complaints in the past 12 months. Fatigue, aches and pains in the neck, shoulders and arms are the most common causes. The most frequently cited causes are too high a workload, stressful working postures and prolonged static postures. Falls are also a frequent cause.
Women experience more problems than men, 37% compared to 27%. The occupations most affected are nurses, primary school teachers, leisure and pre-school teachers, as well as carpenters, bricklayers and construction workers. The survey reveals that almost one in two 16-29 and 30-49 year olds experience worry, anxiety and depressive symptoms. According to Ann Ponton Klevestedt, head of the statistics unit at the Authority, this may be linked to wanting to invest in both work and family life. “The result is worrying and incompatible with our goal – a long-term and sustainable working life”, she says.
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