How to Reduce Your Risk of Ergonomic Injuries
What’s at Stake
One size does not fit all when it comes to work equipment. Whenever a worker must modify or adjust themselves to perform a work task, the mismatch between the worker and the task causes stress and strain on their body.
If the task needs to be performed only occasionally, it doesn’t typically become a problem. But the strain of performing a task repetitively during one shift or over a period of days, weeks, months and sometimes years can cause chronic ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses that become serious, requiring time off work or surgery.
What’s the Danger?
A few dangers of ergonmic injuries are tendonitis, trigger fingers. pinched nerves, lower back pain, muscle strains and tears, rotator cuff syndrome and more!
How to Make the Call
To reduce your risk of incurring an ergonomic-related injury, it’s important to ensure the work task fits you, not the other way around. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Adjust your workstation.
- Adapt your tools.
- Arrange your work.
- Take a break.
- Be aware.
- Know the signs: painful joints, back or neck pain, swelling or inflammation, pain in wrists, shoulders, forearms and knees, etc.
Nobody knows your job like you do, so speak up if you have an idea on how your work or workstation could be made better from an ergonomic point of view.