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6 Tips for Reducing Injury at Work

6 Tips for reducing injuries at work

Reducing the chance of injury at work should be the main goal for everyone. Bad ergonomics and bad posture may lead to musculoskeletal disorders. This affects the muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves and tendons which can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinitis, muscle strain, back injuries, and more.

Tips for Better Posture and Reduced Strain

  1. Avoid Arms Above the Head

    Having your arms above your head may be okay when you’re on a roller coaster, but for an extended amount of time it adds strain on your back and makes your arms fatigue faster. Plus it puts you at risk for dropping tools on your head, toes, or something/someone.

    Solution

    • Tool Extenders
    • Extendable Braces
    • Adjustable scaffolding

  2. Avoid Twisting Your Back

    Reaching left or right puts your spine in an unnatural position, increasing the chance of injury.

    Solution

    • Turn your whole body to get what you need
    • Adjust the materials that you are using

  3. Avoid Stooping

    This awkward posture of bending over while your legs are straight puts extra strain on your neck and back. This position can also cause you to lose balance and fall easier.

    Solution

    • Elevate items
    • Tool Extenders
    • Use a creeper

  4. Avoid Squatting

    Squatting is bad for your knees and back. If you must pick up an item, make sure to squat down and lift with your legs and not your back.

    Solution

    • Use a cart, floor jack, or fork lift
    • Reduce package sizes
    • Use Personal Protective Equipment such as a back brace
    • Stretch
    • Ask for help to lift an item


  5. Wear Good Shoes

    At Chiappetta Shoes we know that quality footwear is the perfect base for comfort and protection. When you are on your feet for a long time, your leg muscles continually support your body, which causes fatigue. Complicate that with standing on hard surfaces, it can create trauma, tendon issues, and muscle problems.

    Solution

    • Good shoes should flex at the ball of your foot and have solid support and padding
    • Non-Slip Shoes are important for slippery surfaces
    • Place rubber mats to improve comfort
    • High heels more than 3&inch; tilts your pelvis 15° putting a huge strain on your back and hip joints.

  6. Use Ergonomic Tools

    A tool is only ergonomic if it fits your hand and the job you are doing. Conventional hand tools can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and trigger finger.


Creating a Workplace Free of Hazard

As with any successful safety program, everyone needs to be involved. Early on management should be supportive and start to develop a plan. Employees should communicate hazards that concern their job. Every person in the workplace plays an important part of identifying critical safety areas that need to be addressed.

According to OSHA, to reduce the chance of injury in the workplace. Tasks should be designed to limit exposure of risk factors. To start Engineering controls are the most desirable, where possible, Administrative and work practices can be appropriate in cases where engineering controls cannot be implemented, and PPE solutions have a limited effectiveness when dealing with ergonomic hazards.

ergonomic effectiveness
Type of Control
Workplace Examples

Engineering Controls

(implement phsical change to the workplace which eliminates/reduces the hazard on the job/task

  • Use a device to lift and reposition heavy objects to limit force exertion
  • Reduce the weight of a load to force exertion
  • Reposition a work table to eliminate a long/excessive reach and enable working in neutral postures
  • Use diverging conveyors off a main line so that tasks are less repetitive
  • Install diverters on conveyors to direct materials towards the worker to eliminate excessive leaning or reaching
  • Redesign tools to enable neutral postures

Administrative and Work Practice Controls

(establish efficient process or procedures)

  • Require that heavy loads are only lifted by two people to limit force exertion
  • Establish systems so workers are rotated away from tasks to minimize the duration of continual exertion, repetitive motions, and awkward postures.
  • Staff “floaters” to provide periodic breaks between scheduled breaks
  • Properly use and maintain pneumatic and power tools.

Personal Protective Equipment

(use protection to reduce exposure to ergonomics-related risk factors)

  • Use padding to direct contact with hard, sharp, or vibrating surfaces.
  • Use good fitting thermal gloves to help with cold conditions while maintaining the ability to grasp items easily.

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