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 sheetrock 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.