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Ergonomic Issues Related to Pulling or Pushing Heavy Loads
Electrical and construction workers often face ergonomic issues when transporting heavy loads and equipment around work-sites and shops. Using unsafe handling methods constantly can lead to long-term injury and disabilities that prevents you from working in the future. If you are concerned you might be injured in your workplace, contact a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney.
Electrical work involves a great deal of moving materials around the work site. Usually, there is a central staging area where supplies are kept and moved to other work areas. Thus, pushing, pulling and carrying are constant actions by electrical and construction workers. Workers should be careful to avoid awkward postures, such as reaching behind the body, bending to the site, or twisting when pushing and pulling materials. Employees should be encouraged to use transport devices, such as hand trucks and pallet jacks, that have appropriate handles in the “power zone” (mid-thigh to mid-chest) allowing for easy pushing. Pulling in general should be avoided, as it takes more effort than does pushing. Materials on a pallet or cart should not be stacked higher than eye level so that employees can see above them instead of having to twist and look around them. Wheeled transport devices are extremely useful, but care should be taken to ensure they are not used unsafely as well. Their wheels should be checked for unevenness and proper turning (that is, no wobbling).
If you have further questions about proper working conditions on the construction site, contact New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo today at (908) 248-4404 for a free initial consultation.