Safe in the Moment: Preventing Shoulder Injuries
January 27, 2011 Leave a Comment
Being Safe in the Moment has helped MH Equipment make great strides towards being an injury free company. Because our safety performance is well above the industry average, we received awards from the National Safety Council and the Ohio BWC in 2010. Hopefully our posts about Being Safe in the Moment will help you and yours.
A shoulder sprain is stretching or partial tearing of the ligaments and capsule that support the shoulder, specifically, the glenohumeral joint. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. The glenhumeral joint is the meeting of the upper arm bone, humerous, and the cup of the shoulder blade.
Main Causes of Shoulder Injury:
-Holding any muscle in one position too long
- For example, if a typist’s keyboard is too high the shoulders must be kept in a raised position. To avoid injury, adjust the keyboard until it’s low enough to allow the shoulders to be down and to be relaxed while typing.
- While driving, if the steering wheel is too high or far away, the shoulders may be placed in an awkward position. You should adjust the seat closer and lower the steering wheel to put the shoulders in a relaxed position and to avoid injury.
- If you carry a backpack or computer bag over one shoulder for a long time, that can cause muscle strain. Take time to stretch out the neck and shoulder and carry the bag with your hand instead.
- Muscles in the upper back (between the shoulder blades) may become strained as a result of slouching for long periods of time. Practice good body mechanics and good posture.
- Falling on an outstretched arm, forced twisting of the arm, or a blow to the shoulder can cause muscle strain. To avoid falling, practice good housekeeping and check mats and rugs for trip hazards.
- Practice proper lifting techniques for lifting, moving, reaching, bending, etc.
- Drink plenty of water especially in hot weather. Water lubricates the joints.
- Cords picked up? Loose stairs? Practice good housekeeping to prevent trips and falls.
- Warm up and stretching exercises before engaging in strenuous activity.
- Use proper extensions on tools whenever possible to avoid straining to reach.
- Use a ladder instead of trying to reach heavy items over head.
There is no safety precaution too small or trivial. Take proper steps to prevent all avoidable injuries and accidents.