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S AFETY T ALKS! Ergonomics

Stand Up Injuries Arent Funny


In many occupations, workers have to To lessen the impact on the feet and
stand or walk through most of their legs, some cushioning such as padded
shift. Examples of these jobs are health flooring or mats may be desirable
care, cashier jobs, assembly line work, but too much cushioning can cause
custodial tasks and warehousing among fatigue.
others.
The kind of footwear you choose is
Workers who stand all day risk these extremely important when you are
types of injuries: temporary and standing all day. Do not wear shoes
chronic back and neck problems, which alter the shape of your foot
difficulties with the joints such as hips such as shoes which squeeze your toes
and knees, and varicose veins. together. Your shoe should fit snugly
Depending on the tasks they are doing around your heel so your foot does not
as they stand, they are also prone to move around inside. Laces can provide
repetitive strain injuries such as Carpal a better fit than other types of fasteners.
Tunnel Syndrome and muscle strains Make sure there is adequate arch encourage employees to do warm-up
caused by bending, twisting or support. A low heel may be more exercises before they start work. They
stretching. comfortable than no heel. For hard also take advantage of breaks for
floors, wear soles made of shock- flexibility exercises.
To keep injuries to a minimum, there absorbing material. Footwear must also
are several things that can be done. One be appropriate to protect you from other Learning to stand and move correctly is
approach is to modify the work station hazards, with non-slip soles to prevent also vital for preventing injuries. Use
if possible, so you do not have to stand slipping or safety toed to protect your good posture by standing up straight
all of the time. A stool might allow you foot from falling objects. without tensing your back. Keep your
to rest once in awhile. A raised footrest knees flexed when standing or bending.
allows you to rest one foot at a time, Your own personal health and fitness is When you turn, move your feet rather
which gives your back a break by also important. Maintain a healthy than twisting your body. Try not to
changing your position. A work bench weight by eating a nutritious, low-fat reach behind the shoulder line or above
which can be raised or lowered diet. Excess weight increases your risk shoulder height. Be sure to lift
depending on the task is ideal. A high of joint injuries and other damage when correctly by keeping the load close to
work surface is good for precision you work in a standing position. Get your body and lifting with your legs
work, lower for light work and lowest enough sleep so your body has time to rather than your back.
for heavy work. Lighting should also repair damaged tissues each day.
be arranged so you do not have to lean To prevent injuries when you have a
over the work to see it. Alcohol and nicotine decrease your stand-up job, be aware of how you
ability to handle workplace stresses and stand and move. Pay attention to stiff,
Your work area should be arranged for a strains. Avoid them. Exercise regularly sore muscles and change your position
minimum amount of stretching or to maintain strength and flexibility. to relieve the strain. Rearrange your
twisting. Materials and tools which are work area, if possible, so you can work
frequently used can be placed where Exercise on the job is important too. in several comfortable positions. These
they are easier to reach without Companies concerned about preventing steps may help prevent injury it
excessive movement. back injuries and repetitive strain, stands to reason!

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