Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the US. Construction workers experience physical ailments such as pain in the neck, arms, shoulders, and hands, as well as backaches on a daily basis. The average cost per workers' compensation claim in the construction industry is $9,240.
The wear and tear of the construction industry is taking its toll on construction workers everywhere. What's the solution? Stop problems before they start.
By making small changes in the way construction workers perform on the construction site, injury numbers can go down. As a construction worker, you can use the following tips to work ergonomically and prevent strain and injury on the job:
Even using tools like hammers, screwdrivers, and pliers repeatedly could leave you at risk for long-term carpal tunnel syndrome.
If at all possible, use lighter tools for smaller tasks that won't require as much force or strain in the upper body.
Change that now. Make sure to always bend your knees when you lift instead of straining with your back. It also helps to place one foot in front of the other for balance and avoid turning or twisting from side to side, which will put unnecessary pressure on your lower back.
When working on other tasks, try to sit instead of squat, which will cause wear and tear on your knees over time. Using a stool for daily tasks could even make a difference in protecting your core, lower back, and knee joints.
If you experience symptoms like swelling, pain, or tingling, it could signify an overuse injury. Make sure to alert your construction foreman so that you can rest that part of your body until fully recovered.
The above tips are simple enough to remember but easy to forget when you're on a construction site. But construction workers must try in order to reduce the risk of injury. Most construction workers don't give a second thought to how often they use certain parts of their body. Taking the time to rest, change tools, or sit will change your workday for the better