In the dynamic world of construction, strength and precision are important.
However, the risk of overexertion poses a significant threat to the well-being of workers. The line between exertion and overexertion can sometimes blur.
Heavy lifting and material handling
One source of overexertion on construction sites is the manual handling of heavy loads. Construction workers often lift and move materials that surpass their weight limits.
The strain on the musculoskeletal system can lead to worse health problems. This can result in muscle sprains, strains and long-term injuries. Ensuring proper training in lifting techniques and the use of mechanized aids can significantly reduce the risk associated with manual material handling.
Extended hours and fatigue
Construction projects often come with tight deadlines, leading to extended working hours. The pressure to meet these timelines can result in fatigue among workers. Fatigue impairs cognitive function and reduces physical performance, which makes individuals more susceptible to overexertion injuries.
Repetitive motion tasks
Repetitive tasks are inherent to many construction activities, such as drilling, welding or assembly line work. While these tasks are important for project completion, they can lead to overexertion injuries. 9% of Americans aged 18 and older stated that they had suffered from repetitive strain injuries in the prior three months throughout 2021.
Uncomfortable postures, improper tool heights and poorly designed workstations can strain muscles. Managers need to periodically assess workstations for improvements to reduce the risk of overexertion.
In the fast-paced world of construction, achieving milestones should not overshadow worker safety. Those in charge in the construction industry should help ensure the longevity of their workforce.