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How can repetitive motion injuries be prevented in construction?

Despite the fact that construction workers generally undergo extensive training in order to perform their jobs in accordance with state and federal safety guidelines, there are still a number of work-related hazards they may not know how to prevent. For instance, some aspects of your work that involve repetitive movements can cause serious injuries even though they may seem relatively safe. That is why it is so important for you and other construction workers to be able to identify repetitive motion injury risks, as well as how they can be prevented.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, repetitive motion injuries are among the top six hazards that construction workers regularly face. Some of the other dangers that construction workers are confronted by include scaffolding collapses, electrical shocks and falls from heights. When considering the types of serious and even fatal construction accidents that can occur, you may assume that repetitive motion injuries are a part of the job that cannot be prevented. Fortunately, though, there is actually quite a bit that can be done to prevent these kinds of injuries from happening.

OSHA explains that implementing proper ergonomics can go a long way to prevent you and other construction workers from experiencing painful repetitive motion injuries. Ergonomics is the science of adjusting the job to fit the needs of the worker's body. Ergonomic solutions can include everything from designing a workspace to prevent unnecessary and repetitive lifting to incorporating equipment that promotes natural and safe body movements. Managers can also help to prevent injury incidents by encouraging employees to monitor their own work habits. For instance, OSHA recommends that workers take a number of short breaks in order to rest their muscles and prevent repetitive motion injuries. It is also noted that moving away from managerial procedures that rely upon disciplinary action to increase productivity can help to promote proper ergonomics in the workplace.

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