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Avoiding the Most Common Injuries in Construction Construction workers are exposed to some of the most dangerous hazards on building sites each day across Oz. The mandatory “Work safely in the construction industry� course is aimed at teaching workers how to overcome these dangers. The Red Card Online has now been replaced with a more streamlined, nationally recognised course, The White Card Online. Part of the white card online course entails teaching workers how to avoid many of the hazards that occur on construction sites which can result in injury or even death. The most common injuries to construction workers are sprains and strains, back pain and head injuries. Quite often injuries prove fatal or debilitating. Sprains, strains and injuries due to manual handlingare the most common injuries suffered by workers across all industries in general and in particular the construction industry, When workers use force to lift, push, pull, carry or restrain any object it is referred to as manual handling. In construction there are many heavy tools and equipment, building materials etc. that workers have to handle, which present a hazard to them. In addition construction workers such as brick layers often have to undergo repetitive manual labour which can cause sprains and strains. WorkCover reports that manual handling claims are the most common in Oz. Not much attention is given to this type of hazard because it seldom killsor disfigures anyone, but the injuries that occur, althoughinvisible, are often disabling, long term and very costly. Back injuries are also a very common form of injury on construction sites. Almost a quarter of all injuries reported by construction workers are back injuries and the only other industry with higher rates of back injury are professional long distance drivers. The worst back injuries affect workers lower backs and over time can cause permanent damage. Back injuries as well as sprains and strains are caused by incorrectly lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or being in an awkward working position for extended periods of time. Heavy loads present a greater hazard. Most back injuries are sprains and strains from lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, and pulling materials. You are at higher risk of low-back injury if you often carry heavy loads, must twist while carrying heavy loads, or work a lot while bent over or in other awkward postures such as the work done by a plasterer. By being prepared and planning in advance, injuries of this nature can be minimised. Revising how work is done and training workers on the correct way to lift and manually handle goods is vital in reducing back injuries, sprains and strains. Plan your work and how you can reduce carrying and lifting. Have the building material delivered closer to where they are needed to eliminate workers having to carry long distances. Consider whether equipment can be used to transport goods rather than manually carrying. Instead of carrying heavy loads alone, get other workers to assist. Try to store materials at waist height so you do not have to bend down too low, this can cause severe back trauma. Lifting equipment and material from waist level will alleviate stress on the lower back.

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Make sure floors and walkways are clear of clutter and dry. Keeping the ground clean means that when any liquid falls, it is cleaned up immediately because slips, trips and falls are also a common form of back injury on construction sites. Another common error made by workers it that they value productivity above safety. It is important to work timeously but it is just as important to take sufficient rest breaks, especially when conducting manual tasks such as those involved in construction. For example instead of carrying a load of bricks manually, use a cart or a forklift or even a hoist, rather than risk damaging your back. Also there are certain techniques to ensuring you lift properly, such as keeping the load close to the body. Also turn your entire body rather than twist when lifting or lowering materials. This and more helpful information can be obtained through the White Card course which has replaced the old Red card online course and can be completed quickly and conveniently online. addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitecardaustralia.com.au%2Fblog%2Favoiding-the-mostcommon-injuries-in-construction%2F'; addthis_title = 'Avoiding+the+Most+Common+Injuries+in+Construction'; addthis_pub = '';

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Avoiding the Most Common Injuries in Construction