Muscles and Tendons Most Commonly Injured during Workplace Accidents

It may come as a surprise but according to an investigation recently conducted, muscles and tendons are the most frequently injured part of the body.

The investigation conducted by the APN shows that muscles and tendons are the most frequent areas for workplace injuries in the south-west Queensland.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, sprains and strains induced by lifting, pushing, pulling and bending are the most common injuries sustained at work and especially so in industries were manual labour is involved such as the construction industry.

Why is this issue important? Because in last year there were 169 people killed on the job and thousands more injured. Although the overall number of workplace injuries increased, the numbers of muscle and tendon injuries were the highest compared to other injuries.

The following is an excerpt from a post on that explains further:

Around 169 people in Australia have been killed while on their job this year while 167 died in 2013. In the 2012-2013 financial year, the State Government reported about 8,030 injuries in south-west Queensland, which includes Ipswich, Toowomba and Warwick.

Overall, the figures went down 1,500 on the previous 12 months but muscle and tendon injuries showed 2,020 incidents which make it the most common areas for workplace injuries. Also showing an alarming rate are wounds, amputations and organ damage with 1,910 cases being reported. Joint and ligament, and soft tissue trauma were also included on the most common workplace injuries.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also reported that sprains and strains brought about by lifting, pushing, pulling and bending are the most common hurts.


Muscle and Tendon Injuries in Construction

An overwhelming number of injuries in the construction workplace are sprains and strains of the muscles. In addition to this, construction work can also cause injuries to the joints, bones, and nerves. These injuries often occur from constant wear and tear on the body particularly to those workers involved in manual handling. Together these injuries are called musculoskeletal disorders and are a common yet often ignored source of pain to workers.

Generally, musculoskeletal disorders in construction workers affect the hand and wrist, the shoulders, neck and upper back, the low back, and the hips and knees. The back is usually were most workers complain of pain and this is also the area that hinders them from undertaking their regular tasks on the work site.

There are a number of common risk factors associated with injuries to the back. They include:

  • Lifting
  • Pushing, pulling, tugging
  • Twisting, reaching, sideways bending, unequal lifting
  • Working in a single position
  • Whole body vibration

Employers should identify these risks beforehand and address them so that workers aren’t exposed.

Manual handling is one of the topics covered in brief by the general construction induction training course- The White Card course, together with other topics relevant to work in the construction environment.

It is every construction employers’ responsibility to ensure their workers are in possession of a White Card before beginning work on the site. They must also provide workers with any additional relevant training. Workers have a responsibility to complete the White Card course before beginning work on any construction site in Oz, to ensure they don’t suffer sprains, strains and other unnecessary injuries induced by construction work.

Posted by Construction Safety News Admin
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