Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains can occur anywhere, including the workplace, during recreational and sporting events, and at home. A sprain occurs when a muscle is stretched beyond its limit. In our industry, there are many opportunities sprains and strains to occur. The most common situation for these to happen is during material handling. We all handle material in one way or another. Even an office worker is involved with material handling when picking up a package, box, etc. Other movements that can cause sprains and strains are overreaching or overextending.

What can we do to minimize these injuries? If you understand what causes sprains and strains, we will be better equipped to prevent them.

A few basic rules to remember are:
  1. Understand your limitations. Don't charge into a job cold. Warm up to it. Take a lesson from athletes and try to keep yourself in good condition and at your proper weight.
  2. Don't overextend yourself and use a stepstool or a ladder when necessary.
  3. Lift with your legs, not with your back. Keep the load close. Don't twist your body while carrying a load.
  4. Be sure there are no slipping or tripping hazards in your work area or around your home. The sudden jerk caused by a slip or trip can cause a sprain or strain.
  5. Don't shy away from hard work because you fear a strain. Condition your body to do what is necessary.
  6. Look into ways to eliminate lifting and carrying or to keep it to a minimum. Is there a better way? Work smarter, not harder; it's easier and safer.
  7. Use the proper tool in the proper way.
Posted: 4/4/2016 11:58:33 AM by Townsend Editor