Body stress injuries take a toll on 1 in 3 construction and mine workers

BODY stressing injuries are affecting one in three workers in the construction and mining industries, contributing to lower productivity in the workplace.

Thirty four per cent of serious injury claims in the construction and mining industries involved body stress injuries from 2008-09 to 2010-11,¹ according to Safe Work Australia (SWA).

Body stressing injuries usually occur from conducting a range of manual tasks every day, repetitive movements or poor posture. According to SWA, the claimants’ injuries were mainly due to muscular stress while handling a range of materials and equipment (construction industry) or due to muscular stress while handling mobile plant and transport (mining industry).

More people needed to be aware of the risks of body stressing injuries, which usually present as muscle aches, pains and strains; back conditions or tendonitis.

“Many people do not appreciate that there is a strong probability of suffering body stressing injuries from regularly conducting strenuous manual tasks, such as heavy lifting or carrying,”
“Employees who are injured at work can experience long periods of incapacity, leading to time off work and financial pressures. It can be a very stressful experience.
“We advise all workers to minimise the risks of getting body stressing injuries like sprains and strains by demonstrating good posture, following safety protocol and wearing the right gear. Ergonomic gear like back supports are a great way to reduce sprain and strain injuries and improve the quality of your life.

“The Ergodyne® 100 Economy Back Support is a belt worn around the lower back and the rubber track webbing helps keep support in position. The company is renowned for its experience in delivering workplace back supports, inventing and patenting the first workplace back support 30 years ago.”

Pryme Australia also distributes Ergodyne® wrist supports and knee pads.

Pryme’s tips for preventing body stressing injuries:

  • Follow safety instructions and undertake training
  • Ask for assistance to set up your work area to avoid strain
  • Take regular breaks around the office
  • Talk to someone early if you feel symptoms
  • Research what support is available
  • Review health status with GP regularly