Manual handling injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries. They can happen to anyone at any time and often result in lost work days, workers’ compensation claims, and even permanent disability.
By understanding the risks involved in manual handling, you can take steps to protect yourself and your workers.
Back injuries are one of the most common types of manual handling injuries. They can be caused by a number of different hazards, including lifting heavy objects, twisting or bending awkwardly, and repetitive movements.
There are a number of ways to prevent back injuries, including using proper lifting techniques, avoiding awkward positions, and taking regular breaks. If you do injure your back, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
Neck injuries include sprains and strains, herniated disks, and cervical spondylosis. All of these injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating.
Sprains and strains are the most common type of neck injury. They occur when the neck is suddenly jerked or twisted, causing the ligaments and muscles to stretch or tear. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and stiffness.
Herniated disks occur when the disks that cushion the spine become ruptured or displaced. This can happen due to a sudden impact or lifting of a heavy object. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms or legs.
Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition that affects the bones and joints in the neck. It is often caused by wear and tears on the spine due to aging. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and loss of range of motion in the neck.
Shoulders are particularly vulnerable to injury because they are relatively small joints that bear a lot of weight. The shoulder joint is also not as stable as some other joints in the body, such as the hip joint. This means that it is more likely to be injured if it is put under too much stress.
One of the best ways to prevent shoulder injuries is to use proper form when lifting objects. It is important to keep the object close to your body and to avoid lifting it above your head or rotating your arm too far away from your body. If you are carrying a heavy object, it is also important to distribute the weight evenly between both hands.
Knee injuries are the most common type of manual handling injury. They can be caused by a number of things, including lifting something that is too heavy or awkward or by repetitive movements.
The knee is a complex joint, and so there are many different types of a knee injuries that can occur. The most common are:
- Sprains and strains
- Ligament damage
- Cartilage damage
- Meniscus injuries
- Patella (kneecap) dislocation or fracture
Be aware of your surroundings and be sure to clear any obstacles that could trip you up or cause you to drop something. Keep a firm grip on whatever you are carrying and take your time. Rushing can lead to accidents.
Finally, be sure to listen to your body. If you are feeling pain, stop what you are doing and rest. Pushing through the pain can only make things worse.