Playing it Safe: Manufacturing

Manufacturing Workplace Sprains and Strains: Common, Yet Avoidable

Sprains and strains are among the most frequent injuries in manufacturing. The majority of sprains and strains result from lifting, being hit by fallen objects or even an unfortunate misstep. It’s important to note, however, that injuries of this nature can often be avoided when workers exercise a simple step or two of caution.

Sprains

Sprains occur when a ligament has been stretched too far from its normal position. In the manufacturing workplace, sprains of the fingers, wrists, knees and ankles happen most frequently.

Strains

Strains are the result of pulling too far on a muscle or by pulling a muscle in one direction while it is contracting. Strains can also be caused by repetitive movements that lead to an over-­stretching of muscle fibers. Strains of the back, neck, groin and hamstring are the most common.

Tips for Prevention

To help reduce your risk of sprains and strains while on the job, keep these tips in mind:

  • When lifting a heavy item, use extreme caution. When in doubt, ask for help with the lift.
  • Reduce repetitive movements if possible; chronic strains are usually the result of overuse.
  • Use proper form while completing tasks and avoid extensive gripping, which can increase the risk of hand and forearm strains.
  • Practice safety measures to help prevent falls. Avoid slippery surfaces, and always use harnesses and nets if applicable.
  • Wear proper attire, including footwear, gloves and other applicable protective equipment.
  • Consider your posture when sitting for long periods of time; maintain an overall relaxed position.
  • Maintain a healthy fitness level outside of work to keep your body strong and flexible.
  • Stretch before you begin working and take short breaks throughout the day to stretch and rebalance your body.

Trust the Advice of a Risk Management Leader

If you have any questions or concerns about sprains or strains, do not hesitate to contact your supervisor. You can also talk to the manufacturing safety experts at VTC Insurance Group. You can reach us at 248.828.3377 or visit vtcins.com.

This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.