We try really hard to write posts about personal injury and everyday life. When we learned about this Ohio overexertion workshop, we wanted to make sure we shared this handout. We’ve reposted the content here, but if you want to check out the original: go ahead!
Overexertion is more than just working too hard. Because the body accumulates damage over time, many workers have a difficult time identifying exactly when they were injured. Overexertion is actually one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace.
In Ohio, Overexertion was responsible for 22% of workplace injuries. The average overexertion injury costs more than $8,000 to treat. That’s a lot of expense–especially for something most people don’t consider all that serious.
We think those are pretty good questions, but we won’t make you participate in this brainstorming activity with us.
Make sure you correctly identify the muscles you’ll be using in a task–even if it isn’t physical. Slow down and make sure you are providing yourself enough time to complete the task. Clear the path of trip hazards as best you can. After you’ve planned the task, checked the area and stretched out you’re ready attempt the task at hand.
We may not be your employer, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t stress the importance of staying in good physical shape. if there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s mortality. Slow down and take care of yourself. Like life, work is marathon–not a sprint.