Construction projects can be taxing on the builders and workers who overexert their bodies during hard labor. This injury is incredibly common on construction sites, but it does not have to be. Here are some causes of overexertion and how to prevent it on the job site.
Causes of Overexertion
The causes of overexertion are clear: abusing our bodies physically to push them to do more than they are capable. Overexertion can lead to musculoskeletal injury, usually in your back. The most common causes are doing the same repetitive motion over and over, heavy lifting, prolonged static posture, and pushing past fatigue. These causes can easily be demanded of a construction worker every day on the job site, so it is important to know your body’s limits and take prevention measures.
Prevention of Overexertion
Some of the best ideas to prevent overexertion are as follows: change positions frequently, maintain fitness and flexibility, lift with your legs instead of your back, and set up proper work positions and equipment. It helps to stretch every day and play a sport which exercises a multitude of muscles to keep your body in top condition and meet the demands of such a physical job. Knowledge of equipment is also important to set up the proper work environment. According to constructionconnect.com, 65% of all construction employees perform work on scaffolds. Scaffolds put you at risk of hyperextending your muscles and overexerting your body. Be safe and smart while working on all equipment and pause to consider the safest way to do any job.
Proper precautions taken while working the construction job site will go a long way in preventing injury caused by overexertion. Read these guidelines from osha.gov to get more information on safety regulations for construction workers. Keeping your body in top physical shape, changing positions frequently, proper form and position are good practices to keep in mind for staying safe on the job.
This article is part one in a series, stay tuned for how to prevent other construction job injuries in the near future.