Workplace Injuries And Ergonomics

Are you fit for work?

Occupational injuries account for many millions of working days lost each year. No matter whether your work is in the office or outside on the land you need to be able to cope with the individual demands made on your body by the style of work you do. Manual work inevitably carries the inherent risk of injury caused by heavy and often awkward lifting, overstretching, and periods of prolonged bending causing back and disc injuries, sciatica, and muscle strains.

In the office where desk work is more common, there are the dangers of postural strains and repetitive wrist and elbow strains, whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders which can lead to headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome etc.

Those who drive for a living need to be aware of their driving position as it affects not only their back, neck and shoulders but also can affect hips, knees and feet. We can advise on the correct driving position for you and exercises to help.

For the Employee

Seeking treatment and advice from us demonstrates to your boss that you are taking an active role in trying to improve your health and reduce your injury. We will help you look at the style of work you are undertaking and help you find ways of improving the situation and how to prevent a recurrence of your injuries. You will be treated and offered advice on posture and lifting.

For the Employer

Our treatment will facilitates the resolution of workplace injuries earlier so that your workforce is more efficient and productive, reducing time off through ill-health. Some companies already benefit from using our services as part of their care program for employees thereby improving morale and increasing productivity.

Useful tips

  • Frequent short breaks away from the desk and computer will help avoid back, neck and eye strain.
  • Make sure if you are driving that you make time to stop, get out and do some brisk exercise for a few minutes every so often on a long journey.

When lifting at work judge whether you can do this safely or whether you need help. Never be afraid to ask for assistance.

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