time to think about everyday tasks
and their effects on our bodies is a
good way to prevent injuries.
following scenarios will demonstrate
how inadequate planning leads to
pain and disability, affecting on-
and off-the job activities.
breakfast table you rush to clean
everything up before going to work.
stretch awkwardly across the table
to lift your infant baby out of the
standing, you start to lift your
baby, but then stop, reacting to a
sharp pain in your back.
using your leg muscles to lift, you
used your back muscles and are
consequently suffering back pain.
warehouse, you notice some boxes on
the floor. These boxes are in the
way of pedestrian traffic and so you
proceed to move them. You know that
the boxes could be heavy but you do
not want to bother anyone to help
you.You bend over at the waist to
lift one box but have to stop
because the load is too heavy and
you feel a sudden pain in your back.
result, you strain your back muscle
-- an injury that may keep you off
the job for several days.
the day, you perform the same set of
lifting and twisting motions with
your arms. You begin to experience
pain in your forearms and sometimes
it aches so much that you can't
sleep. The repetitive nature of your
work has stressed your arm tendons,
muscles and nerves.
have been done to avoid the motion
injuries mentioned above?
have thought about the task at hand
and applied the Take Two principle
(Talk, Actions, Knowledge,
your supervisor about how to perform
the job safely. Think about how your
actions will affect safety. Know the
right rules and procedures for the
job. Use the proper equipment and
keep it in good condition.
the above scenarios in mind, ask
and your co-workers these questions:
1. Do we
always think carefully about posture
and proper techniques when lifting?
2. Why do
we sometimes ignore our body and
Busy work schedule
Think that "it won't happen to me."
Lack of knowledge
3. What is
the procedure for lifting safely?
sure you are close to the object and
are not bending over to lift
back straight and use leg muscles to
twist or stretch excessively.
4. How can
we help prevent repetitive motion
breaks to stretch and relax
work stations; change positions