Top Tips To Avoid Repetitive Motion Injuries On The Job

Performing the same motions every day at work can strain your muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and other soft tissues and cause repetitive motion injuries. While you could file a Workers’ Compensation claim to cover medical, temporary disability and rehabilitation expenses, prevent a repetitive injury in the first place with these top tips.

Improve Your Posture

While sitting at your desk, working on the assembly line or operating equipment, align your ears, shoulders and hips. Maintain the correct posture throughout the day to protect your body.

Take Frequent Breaks

Regular breaks give you the opportunity to change positions, properly align your joints and stretch your muscles. Every hour, take a five-minute break to stand up or step away from your workstation, walk around and stretch.   

Implement Safe Lifting Techniques

Lifting and moving heavy, moderate or light objects over and over increases strain and puts pressure on your back, arms and legs. Start every lifting movement with the proper posture. Then strive to lift with your back, keeping the weight of the object as close to your waist as possible. Never lift with your back. Utilize these tips as you lift objects so you can avoid injuries.  

Check Your Chair

A quality office chair or balance ball assists you in maintaining the right posture. Sit in your chair and ensure it’s ergonomic and comfortable. Ideally, the armrests and height should adjust to fit your body, and the chair should swivel so you don’t have to reach awkwardly for objects. Always sit in the chair and test it out before you buy it.

Redesign Your Workstation

Small changes in your workstation can prevent repetitive motion injuries. Start by wearing supportive footwear and using an anti-fatigue mat. Then perform a variety of movements or tasks during your shift and ensure you can both sit and stand as needed, if possible.

Get In Tune With Your Body

Pay attention to your body as you protect yourself. Pain or aches in your hands, arms, neck, shoulders, or back might be the first sign that you need to take a break and realign your posture. Ignoring these signs could potentially aggravate injuries and prolong your recovery, so talk to your supervisor and take action as soon as possible.

Pay Attention During Safety Trainings

Tune into the helpful information shared during company safety training events. You will learn valuable tips you can implement as you prevent repetitive motion injuries and related injuries.  

Repetitive motion injuries affect your ability to do your job and may require time off work or surgery. Implement these top tips as you avoid repetitive motion injuries and protect yourself every day.
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