If Push Comes to Shove | Overexertion Injury

According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries in the U.S., accounting for 24% of the total nonfatal injuries. Overexertion injuries can occur when employees work beyond their physical capabilities. Commonly, overexertion injuries happen while pushing, pulling, lifting, or carrying heavy objects.

There are a number of ways you can help reduce and prevent overexertion injuries, such as sprains and strains:

  • Stretch before working.
  • Slow down and think about how to perform each job safely.
  • Don’t make any fast movements while lifting or carrying.
  • When lifting objects, bend at the knees.
  • Ask for help when items are too heavy to be safely handled.
  • Use equipment to move heavy items.
  • Push objects instead of pulling, when possible.
  • Get close to objects before reaching for them.
  • When working with objects, keep them close to your body.
  • Frequently used materials should be kept in easy access locations
  • Work with good posture. Don’t work in awkward or twisted positions.
  • Keep walkways clean and clear of potential hazards.
  • Know your limits and don’t push past them.

With pre-planning, preventing overexertion injuries is not difficult. Steer clear of these preventable injuries by keeping safety awareness at the top of your mind.

Date Posted: 07-19-2016
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