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Don’t ignore shoulder pain-Safety Moment #11

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In 2012, more than 68,000 cases involving days away from work occurred due to shoulder injuries, according to the National Safety Council chartbook, “Injury Facts.”

S.M#11 : Don’t ignore shoulder pain

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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.

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