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What are some sources of overexertion on construction sites?

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites are bustling areas of activity where various workers come together to build impressive structures. However, these sites also pose risks, with overexertion being a serious concern.

Overexertion happens when a person strains their body beyond its limits, leading to fatigue and potential setbacks in the construction process. Identifying sources of overexertion is important for maintaining a safe environment.

Repetitive motions

Repetitive motions, such as drilling or hammering, can lead to injuries over time. These actions strain muscles and joints, potentially causing tendinitis or other issues. Workers should take regular breaks, perform stretching exercises and use ergonomic tools to help relieve the strain caused by repetitive tasks.

Long periods of standing

Construction often involves long hours of standing or working in awkward positions. This can lead to injuries as muscles become fatigued and strained. Taking scheduled breaks and rotating tasks can help reduce the risk of overexertion that happens after this prolonged standing.

Working in extreme weather conditions

Construction sites are not immune to weather conditions, and working in extreme heat or cold weather can contribute to fatigue. High temperatures can lead to heat-related illnesses, while cold environments can cause muscle stiffness.

For the 11.4 million American workers employed in construction, appropriate protective gear and rest breaks are necessary to prevent injuries in certain weather conditions.

Too little time for rest and recovery

People in charge pushing workers beyond their limits without giving them time to recover increases the risk of injuries and fatigue. Proper scheduling of work shifts is important for preventing fatigue.

Construction sites require you to stay physically fit, but after an accident related to overexertion, you may need to seek help with workers’ compensation if you cannot go back to work.