Protective eyewear, steel toe boots, hard hats and similar PPE play an important role in keeping concrete workers safe on the job. Still, there are other precautions to consider, too. Ergonomics, or the way people use the equipment and furniture around them, can directly impact how quickly team members become fatigued — and shape their future health.
The University of California, Riverside notes that physical stressors such as exposure to vibration, forceful exertion or awkward postures can lead to pain, injury and, in extreme cases, disability. The good news is, with a bit of forethought and proper body positioning, crews can get the job done and stay protected along the way. Here, General Chipping has brought together a range of useful tips to keep in mind on the jobsite.
Here are a few potential symptoms of ergonomic injuries (also known as repetitive motion injuries) as described by the University of California, Riverside:
Safety should always come first on the job. If you or a team member believe your company’s practices place the crew at risk of injury, make the issue known to a manager. Likewise, if you believe an injury might have already formed, seek medical attention immediately.