Are you an employee? Then it is almost impossible that you have never been summoned by your employer to undertake some tasks that involve heavy lifting. As a matter of fact, the average employee might never decline such requests especially if the job is his only means of livelihood. Moving tools, objects, machines, furnishings and the likes involve heavy lifting and these are everyday activities in a typical workplace. Usually, employees bear the responsibility of having to carry out these activities. For some employees, heavy lifting is their primary job function while others are required to perform a heavy lifting task sometimes. In any case, there has to be a significant level of awareness on the part of employees of the side effects of heavy lifting on the human body. Employees need to realize that the consequences of heavy lifting goes beyond the little body aches they feel after they carry out such tasks.
Do you consider 10000 workplace injuries a year an alarming figure? How about 70000? There are facts to how that about 70000 workplace injuries occur in Florida alone annually. A sizable number of these Florida workers are ignorant of their legal rights to compensation and medical care when such accidents happen.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report that, “lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace.” A workplace injury is not the least pleasant. It results in downtime and missed days. As a fact, more than thirty percent of workplace injuries are products of heavy lifting. This means that heavy lifting causes over a third of workplace injuries.
According to OSHA, workplace injuries that are caused by heavy lifting include muscle pulls, elbow, wrist and spinal injuries. OSHA also provides information on the mainspring and how to avoid each injury in order to reduce the high occurrences of workplace injuries. An object with a net weight above fifty pounds poses greater risk in heavy lifting. Parts of the body including the discs and muscles can be adversely affected if a person lifts an object that weighs fifty pounds and above. How then can injuries be avoided?
As prescribed by OSHA, some ways to handle weighty objects include utilizing forklifts when lifting objects, be sure to even up your spine straight, break up items to chunks of lesser weight where applicable, advise your employers to be mindful of the weight of objects when making purchases and regarding posture, keep a good posture when lifting such that the laps bear the weight of objects and not the waist. In the industrial workplace, there are jacks provided in compliance to industrial standards, be sure to use them.
Another major cause of injuries sustained at workplaces as a result of heavy lifting is keeping a bad posture. The larger part of the body weight centers on the upper region of the body; imagine combining a fifty pound weight with two thirds the body weight. It is not healthy for the waist to bear this weight. Unfortunately, observations have shown that this is what happens in most places where heavy lifting is done. OSHA suggests that objects should be close to the body during lifting, heavy weights should not be carried for a long time, lifting of objects should be done from the “power zone” height, elbows must be kept close to the body when lifting. Never twist your body when lifting.
Overexertion injuries may result from prolonged or very frequent lifting of objects, in both cases, team work is essential so that members can share the weight or even take turns to rest and stands may be used to hold immobile objects.
Procure the service of a Campaign work injury attorney in Florida if you sustain an injury working.