Shoveling snow is a major winter activity in many parts of the United States. Some people even consider shoveling a form of exercise. In reality, about 15 minutes of shoveling counts as moderate physical activity. Keep these tips in mind to decrease your risk of illness or injury:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of all workers compensation claims are due to ergonomic issues. Simply defined, ergonomics is the study of work. More specifically, it is the science of fitting the job to the worker, rather that forcing the worker's body to fit the job. This can be done in various ways, such as adapting work stations, tasks, tools, and equipment to fit the worker to reduce the physical stress and illness on the worker's body.
Almost everything in a workplace setting today operates on electricity. Electrical equipment is potentially hazardous and can cause serious shock and burn injuries if improperly used or maintained. If a part of the body comes into contact with the electrical circuit, a shock will occur. The current enters the body at one point and leaves at another point. This passage of electricity can cause great pain, burns, and even fatalities.
It's a cold and rainy Friday afternoon. The sun is barely peeking through and you have a job to do. You look up and see nothing but steel and gray skies. You look to your right and see your buddy working feverishly to get the job done. All the while as you look down, you stand mere inches from a 50 foot drop. You think back earlier in the day when your wife/husband told you "I'll see you when you get home". The words that traveled from their mouth to your ears should not be taken lightly. It's a call. A call that you have family, friends and loved ones expecting your presence and a duty to arrive home in the same condition you were in when you left for work.