5 Tips for Preventing Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are some of the most common workplace injuries across all industries. Sprains occur when one or more ligaments are stretched or torn, while strains take place when a tendon is stretched or torn. Fortunately, these injuries can often be prevented by following proper safety protocols.
There are many work-related risk factors that can contribute to sprains and strains, such as:
- Using excessive force to complete a task
- Engaging in highly repetitive tasks (classed as repetitive tasks that individually take less than 30 seconds to complete)
- Holding an awkward posture that places extra force on the joints, muscles and tendons
Knowing the risk factors of sprains and strains can help you recognise when a task may put you at risk for these injuries. You can prevent sprains and strains by practising these tips:
- Stretch. Tight muscles are more susceptible to sprains and strains, so stretching will help to loosen them.
- Review the task. Take a moment and think carefully about a task before starting. Always know the safest way to handle each task. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if necessary.
- Walk carefully. Always wear proper footwear and take extra care when walking across uneven surfaces where you could easily sprain an ankle.
- Practise good housekeeping. Keeping your workplace clear of clutter can help prevent potential hazards and subsequent injuries.
- Follow protocols. By following safety protocols in all areas of the workplace regarding safe lifting, ergonomics, machine usage and body mechanics, you can minimise your likelihood of sprains and strains.
Contact one of our risk professionals for more information on sprain and strain prevention in the workplace.