How to Prevent Sprains and Strains in Construction
Minimize lifting activities on siteLifting is the number one cause of strain and sprain injuries on the back, knees, shoulders, hands and wrists. To reduce these risks, both employer and employees must work on limiting strenuous activities on-site, whether that means updating their equipment or existing procedures.
Workforce health and safety training
Employers must provide workers with complete workforce health and safety training as outlined by OSHA to ensure that workers, too can do their part in avoiding activities and behaviors that could result to muscle strain and discomfort. Click To TweetEmployers must provide workers with complete workforce health and safety training as outlined by OSHA to ensure that workers, too can do their part in avoiding activities and behaviors that could result to muscle strain and discomfort.
Rest and evaluationAll employees must have a standard break schedules from work routines, while workers with chronic aches and pains related to their jobs may be given additional rest or be reassigned to task that won’t requires as much physical force and activity.
Promote exercise and postureExercise is another preventative method employees can use to reduce sprains and strains. Training in good posture when using construction equipment and focusing on physical motion during construction projects can reduce physical injuries. Exercise programs also help heavy equipment operators like forklift drivers whose jobs are relatively sedentary.
Avoid painful movementsAvoid repetitious movements that signal aches and pains during the course of work. This applies to construction workers who use pneumatic equipment and nail guns, drills, and bench saws. To learn more about how to prevent sprains and strains in construction, consider enrolling in our OSHA 30-hour construction training.
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