Is YOUR Industry at risk of high injuries and workers comp costs? Read this article to find out: 

Which Industries are most susceptible?

It’s no secret that any job that requires manual handling and repetitive tasks is going to mean a percentage of your workforce will be injured at any one-time. But are there other risk factors at play here? And what are the industries that are most susceptible?

Let’s look at some of the risk factors of manual handling that predispose these industries to high injury rates:

1) Repetition – it’s no surprise performing the same task over and over can lead to fatigue and strain. This can be made worse if a task is required to be performed for hours on end without interruption, or if the turnaround (cycle) time is very short. Many manufacturing businesses have high levels of repetition.

2) Heavy Lifting/High Exertion – When performing tasks at a high intensity your body’s tissues are less likely to cope. If heavy manual handling is required to perform a task your workers are at risk.

   

Repetition and heavy manual handling are major risk-factors found in a number of industries

3) Confined Spaces/Awkwardness – Where a task is performed without adequate space, workers often assume twisted or bent postures. Awkward postures cause the body’s tissues to be loaded in an abnormal way, increasing the risk of strain. The length of time spent in these awkward postures can further exacerbate the risk.

4) Fast, Jerky movements – If certain movements involve rapid acceleration and deceleration at fast rates, the body will be unaccustomed to absorbing the forces. This will naturally result in increased musculoskeletal strain.

5) Vibration – exposure to vibration during a task is a significant risk factor – and it has been well documented that even vibration to the hand for prolonged periods can cause upper limb disorders.

The presence of any of these risk factors can be enough to cause musculoskeletal injury. It’s essential these risk factors are minimised and managed properly to reduce the likelihood of injury. This might include rotating tasks among staff or implementing new equipment that targets any one of these factors.

So based on the above which industries are most at risk?

Mining

Many tasks in mining involve all of the above risk factors. We all know how labour intensive some of the tasks can be – and the nature of shift work often increases the continuous exposure to manual handling tasks.

Logistics & Transport

Businesses in the logistics and transportation industries (from aviation to trucking) regularly involve heavy manual handling. These industries often use trucks, forklifts and other machinery – meaning that workers are also exposed to vibration.

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Is YOUR Industry at risk of high injuries and workers comp costs? Read this article to find out: 

Which Industries are most susceptible?

It’s no secret that any job that requires manual handling and repetitive tasks is going to mean a percentage of your workforce will be injured at any one-time. But are there other risk factors at play here? And what are the industries that are most susceptible?

Let’s look at some of the risk factors of manual handling that predispose these industries to high injury rates:

1) Repetition – it’s no surprise performing the same task over and over can lead to fatigue and strain. This can be made worse if a task is required to be performed for hours on end without interruption, or if the turnaround (cycle) time is very short. Many manufacturing businesses have high levels of repetition.

2) Heavy Lifting/High Exertion – When performing tasks at a high intensity your body’s tissues are less likely to cope. If heavy manual handling is required to perform a task your workers are at risk.

   

Repetition and heavy manual handling are major risk-factors found in a number of industries

3) Confined Spaces/Awkwardness – Where a task is performed without adequate space, workers often assume twisted or bent postures. Awkward postures cause the body’s tissues to be loaded in an abnormal way, increasing the risk of strain. The length of time spent in these awkward postures can further exacerbate the risk.

4) Fast, Jerky movements – If certain movements involve rapid acceleration and deceleration at fast rates, the body will be unaccustomed to absorbing the forces. This will naturally result in increased musculoskeletal strain.

5) Vibration – exposure to vibration during a task is a significant risk factor – and it has been well documented that even vibration to the hand for prolonged periods can cause upper limb disorders.

The presence of any of these risk factors can be enough to cause musculoskeletal injury. It’s essential these risk factors are minimised and managed properly to reduce the likelihood of injury. This might include rotating tasks among staff or implementing new equipment that targets any one of these factors.

So based on the above which industries are most at risk?

Mining

Many tasks in mining involve all of the above risk factors. We all know how labour intensive some of the tasks can be – and the nature of shift work often increases the continuous exposure to manual handling tasks.

Logistics & Transport

Businesses in the logistics and transportation industries (from aviation to trucking) regularly involve heavy manual handling. These industries often use trucks, forklifts and other machinery – meaning that workers are also exposed to vibration.

Manufacturing 

Manufacturing jobs tend to involve the handling of product and picking/packing, which involves a large degree of exertion and repetition with short cycle times. This can cause a number of acute and overuse injuries.

Construction

The diverse number of professions and differing work environments involved in construction means that workers are frequently exposed to a combination of many musculoskeletal risk factors.

Onsite Physiotherapy can be of great value in managing musculoskeletal injury in your workplace. An Axis Physiotherapist can provide early intervention to your injured workers, whilst also providing manual handling advice and risk assessments to assist in preventing injury.

 

“Many companies pay for preventable injuries without knowing. Having a healthy workforce is crucial to long-term profitability.”

David Brentnall, Director Axis Rehabilitation at Work

Contact David to discuss how the AXIS onsite service could work for your business today.