Safety tip of the week

Oct 9, 2019
Written by Rick Means, Director of Safety & Education

Strength and overexertion

Statistics show that you begin to lose muscle mass in your late 20’s.  Along with that comes a decrease in muscle strength.  This loss of strength and muscle mass contributes to problems related to aging such as falls and makes it harder for people to do the activities they like.

Most people are aware of their limitations but some will try to push their limits, which can lead to an injury.  Get employees to use tools and design ways of working in their power zone between the waist and shoulders.

Another thing to consider is that ligaments and tendons lose their elasticity.  This can lead to overexertion when twisting at the waist, reaching overhead and bending over to pick up the morning paper.

Being more active will lead you towards a longer and healthier life.  Simple activities such as regular walking and moderate strength training can cause a lessening of this decline as you age.  It will also help with other issues: diabetes, less weight gain, improved blood pressure and maintaining motor skills. Take care of yourself now so that you’re not limited in the future.

Both RS SafetyTV and the RS Safety Library can provide you more details on this topic.

WR employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or [email protected]