Some of the most common injuries for electricians are to the back, knees, fingers and hands. There are things that an electrician can do on the job that can lead to pain and discomfort in these areas of their body. Some of these things that can lead to pain are working in very hot or cold temperatures, staying in the same position for long periods of time, holding vibrating tools, constant pressure from a hard surface on the body, constant moving of the body from twisting, stooping and reaching and using force on your body to perform any task.
An electrician should perform stretching exercises before going to work to relieve stress on their body and muscles. This can help an electrician to relieve stress on their body and keep their muscles and joints from getting so sore. If you have pain or discomfort while working on the job. You need to stop and change the way you work or change the way tools that you use. You may have some of the following symptoms like fatigue, weakness, loss of energy, swelling, numbness, tingling and aching or burning pain. These symptoms generally occur in the back, arms, shoulders, knees, hands, fingers and neck.
Some of the most common injuries for electricians are to the back, knees, fingers and hands.
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If you should get any of these symptoms let your supervisor know right away. Follow the companies injury program that they have. Try and determine what is causing the problem and ways to prevent it from happening. Look for better and different ways of doing your job. If you don’t do anything to help yourself, your symptoms could get much worse over time making you loose work. And sometimes keeping you from working at all.
An electrician should try and use safe work practices while working on the job. Constant hand movement can cause pain and sometimes permanent injury. This could keep you from using your hands for any type of work if it gets really bad. When ever possible it is best to use hand tools and power tools to do the job. Hold your tools close to your body to prevent fatigue and to make the job easier. Back injury can be another problems for electricians. Lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying heavy loads can cause serious back injury. Using teamwork and mechanical items will help prevent back injury. Also being more careful about the way you lift, pull and push items can also help to lower the risk of back injury.
An electrician has to bend over all the time when doing their job. It is hard to keep a good posture while working, and can be very tiring. Try using lighter weight tools and as many hand tools as possible. Stand as straight as possible while doing work. To make the job easier on yourself wear a tool belt and only carry the tools that you will need to do for each job. Wear gloves, knee pads and the proper eyewear on the job. Try and find tools that fit your hands properly. Buy tools with a good grip. Keep the area you are working in clean and free of debris so you won’t fall or trip. Stand up, move around and reposition your body often. It is not good to be stuck in one position for long periods of time.
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