Construction jobs are some of the most demanding positions out there. Hefting and carrying boards and other objects, walking across roof beams, and handling dangerous items like saws can take a physical toll on the body.
The National Safety Council reports that overexertion and bodily reaction ranks as No. 1 in nonfatal work-related injuries. Overexertion and bodily reaction include heavy lifting and accounts for 31% of those top three injuries.
Types of lift injuries
Strength and stamina are must-haves for the job of a construction worker. Long days of lifting may cause some serious injuries, such as:
- Back sprains
- Pulled muscles
- Wrist and elbow injuries
- Spinal cord problems
- Foot and ankle injuries
Factors involved in lifting injuries
If the construction manager is on a time crunch to get a building completed, he may push his workers to move faster to get the job done. This is a factor that can lead to unnecessary injuries. Other reasons for lift injuries may include:
- Improper loading and unloading
- No use of protective gear
- No help when lifting
- Lack of training
- Repetitive tasks
- Unsafe working environment
All workers should have the training and guidance to know how to lift objects correctly. Proper lifting techniques may help prevent future injuries, injuries that may mean time off work or days in the hospital.
Construction work is a physically demanding job that can expose workers to many injuries, but they are preventable when safety measures are in place. Workers and management should understand the ramifications of unsafe lifting methods and how those practices may impact their work.