Did you know that nearly a quarter of all roofers, laborers and plumbers experience back pain, muscle stress and strain from lifting equipment or from slips, trips, and falls when handling materials. As we know, prevention is better than cure; after six months off work, 18 per cent of injured workers sought access to mental health services and after a year off work, 30 per cent of injured workers had sought treatment for mental health.
Back pain is also one of the most common injuries and another focus of the APA initiative, three million Aussies (14% of the population) suffer from lower back pain with the most common back injuries found in males 30 – 32 years old. By taking note of these tips when lifting you might save yourself a nasty injury.
Next time your lifting at work, keep these thoughts top of mind;
- The speed of your lift, slow it down
- The distance you carry the object
- The distance the load is away from your body
- The number of times you lift
- The weight shape and size of the load
- The need to lift below knee height or above shoulder height
So what can you do to get involved? Well it’s simple really, it can be as easy as doing some stretches and warm ups with your mates before the work day starts or chatting to your boss about getting a physiotherapist to come on-site and do a workplace analysis and run through the steps to get your body warmed up for the day ahead.
Using the website, you can also access case studies, workplace posters and general advice on common workplace issues like sprains, knee injuries, mental health and workplace bullying.
Get involved by heading to the website
and reading more information about the initiative and how you can use the resources to ensure you look after you’re most valuable asset – your health.
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