Work Injuries can often cause severe and debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling. These often lead to reduced worker productivity, lost time from work, and temporary or permanent disability. Common causes include poor ergonomics (job set up), repetitive, forceful, or prolonged movements or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying of heavy objects. We offer a full Work Place Assessment, which is carried out by physiotherapists specially trained in occupational health, ergonomics and health and safety.
Principles of Ergonomics
Keep work close to the body. If work is too far from the body, the arms will be outstretched and you will need to bend at the hips putting pressure on your lower back.
- bending forward. The upper body of an average adult is 40kg. The greater the trunk bends forward the more work muscles have to do to stabilise and support the back.
- combined bending and twisting movements of the trunk. This causes undesirable stress on the back. It is important to stand up and walk around regularly if you are in a seated position for a prolong time. If you carry out repetitive movements, alternate activities regularly to reduce the risk of injury.
Common causes of work related injuries include poor ergonomics (job set up), repetitive, forceful, or prolonged movements or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying of heavy objects. Others include prolonged faulty postures and exposure to vibration or an unsafe work environment.
We offer workplace assessments for Employers to ensure a safe and appropriately designed workplace for their employees. It is carried out by physiotherapists specially trained in occupational health, ergonomics and health and safety.
We assess the worker’s environment, working habits and posture and make recommendations on training needs and modifications where necessary.
Our Work Place Assessment entails a detailed assessment of the employee’s situation, ergonomic set up, job responsibilities and tasks and can facilitate better work productivity, prevent injuries and help employees return to work safely.
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