Hello there,this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) bringing you another interesting topic to dwell on. We will be discussing how to work ergonomically.
Ergonomics is the study of designing procedures and equipment to prevent employees from unnecessary injuries. Employees must be warned that, for instance, if they use awkward postures to complete their job task, they might put unnecessary stress on muscles and tendons.
This stress can eventually result in back pain, tendonitis, and damage to joints by forcing muscles and tendons out of their natural positions.
Listed below are some awkward postures which can result in a risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs):
(a)Reaching overhead. (b)The amount of force the body must maintain in order to hold the awkward posture. (c)Lifting an object while twisting, reaching or turning. (d)Holding fixed positions, such as bending and twisting, called static load.
To prevent back injuries, workers must take the following precautions: (1)Use lifting aids whenever possible, especially when lifting repetitively or lifting heavy objects.
(2)Never twist your back while lifting-instead, move your feet so that your trunk stays straight or rearrange your work area so that twisting will not be necessary while lifting.
(3)Always lift with your legs, not with your back. Squat down, bring the load close to your body, and lift with your legs.
(4)Use a stepstool or ladder, if you need to lift something above your shoulders. Remember never to use the top two steps or rungs.
(5)Dont try to be a hero- if an object is too heavy for you to lift, get help from either from another employee or mechanical lifting.
(6)Keep your back in top shape by exercising and keeping your weight down. For nstance, doing sit-ups regularly will help strengthen both your stomach and back muscles, both of which help in the lifting process. This will help prevent injuries from occurring.
This is where we will be stopping for today. So till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide), wishing you a fruitful day.