Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains continue to be one of the highest types of injuries within our company. By following a few simple rules, many of these injuries can be avoided or their severity greatly reduced. Medical evidence has shown that performing warm-up exercises before work and after breaks reduces strain and sprain type injuries.
These rules are:
- Warm up before performing physical task
- Stretch when starting work, after breaks and lunch
- Get help if the task requires it
- Push whenever possible, don’t pull
- Let go of an object that starts to fall when you are carrying or pushing it
- Always wear the proper PPE
- Use devices such as drywall dollies whenever possible to avoid carrying a heavy load.
- Make sure your path is clear if you are carrying or pushing something.
Proper lifting techniques include:
- Use leg muscles and bend at the knees to pick up a load.
- Pivot by stepping (or leading) with your feet when turning a load and avoid twisting the body or back.
- Use both hands to lift and carry the load, which will evenly distribute the weight of the load.
- Get a firm handgrip on the load
- Avoid bending at the waist when lifting a load
- Keep the load close to your body to avoid additional strain to your back
- Ask for help when lifting heavy or awkward objects.
Some of our jobs require a considerable amount of lifting and reaching. Even rugged and seasoned lifters’ muscle can get out of shape or become more prone to injury when given time off, even over a weekend. Warming up before work each day is key to healthy muscles and a strong back.
Remember!! The same stretching and lifting techniques that are used on the job can be used working at home also.
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