Working in manufacturing can expose you to a range of dangers. However, the hazards that are not obvious could be the most worrisome.
Overexertion injuries are very common within this industry. Yet, many people have no idea what they are or how they occur until they happen to them.
Overexertion occurs when you push your muscles too far. They often occur when lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying, throwing or holding. These tasks are common within manufacturing and part of normal job duties, but if you push your body too hard, it can lead to a serious injury.
How they occur
Overexertion injuries can happen easily throughout the course of your day. You could even suffer this type of injury by typing on a computer or using a mouse. Repetitive actions are more likely to lead to this type of injury as well. Doing something over and over can lead to you feeling relaxed and may make you less likely to pay attention to your body when it feels strained. Something as simple as bending over to pick something up can lead to strain.
Often overexertion injuries are something that results from not following safety protocols for ergonomics. You may not understand why there are certain rules in place for doing specific job duties, but they often play a role in helping to prevent these common injuries. Sometimes, employers may cut corners and not look out for you by removing rules that help stop overexertion issues.
What you should know is that whenever you are pushing your body to a point where you feel pain, something is not right. You should pay attention to your muscles and be cautious about any pain.