S.M#11 : Don’t ignore shoulder pain
Shoulder injuries can seriously affect a worker’s life. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation states that pain is the most common symptom of a shoulder injury, with other symptoms including stiffness, a “locking” sensation, and numbness or tingling down the arm.
TDI-DWC cautions against ignoring the pain of a shoulder injury – as some people tend to do – or underestimating the extent of the injury. Instead, consult your medical professional if you believe you’ve injured your shoulder. TDI-DWC recommends the following tips to help prevent shoulder injuries on the job:
- Ensure your chair provides proper support, and sit as far back as possible in it.
- Make sure your monitor is directly in front of you and within reach of your fingertips.
- When looking at your monitor, your eyes should be level with the toolbar.
- Keep your elbows and knees bent at 90 degrees.
- Use a footstool, if necessary, to support your feet.
- Take regular breaks to stretch and walk around.
- Use caution when performing even mildly exertive lifting. Keep your back as straight as possibly by bending and using your legs for your lifting power.
- Always be sure to follow proper lifting techniques.
- Refrain from reaching for heavy objects. Instead, use a step stool to retrieve items up high.
- Listen to your body to know when you need to rest, and stay in good shape to avoid strains and sprains.
Additionally, TDI-DWC recommends that employers conduct workplace evaluations, implement appropriate control measures when possible and train employees on how to prevent shoulder injuries.