Head / Neck Injury PreventionMusculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are common,
costly and frustrating. Think prevention!
The nerves of the body enter the head through the neck. With such sensitive wiring passing through such a mobile structure, the potential for problems is high.
Sustained work postures such as forward head and arm positions can contribute to muscle imbalances and compression, which can interrupt the flow of nutrients and oxygenated blood to the arm, wrist, and hand for muscle recovery
Potential Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) to the Head / Neck:
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- tension neck syndrome
- cervical disc disease
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the work to the worker, making sure jobs and tasks are within the worker’s capabilities and limitations. It’s part of your company’s commitment to provide a safe workplace.
A systematic ergonomics improvement process reduces injury risk, improves work performance and efficiently builds a better end product.
Ergonomic design principles for head / neck injury prevention:
- Allow for tallest workers
- Avoid forced forward head posture
- Natural posture is to look down slightly
- Avoid narrow viewing angles and visual obstructions
Poor work practices, a poor health profile and no recognition of early signs and symptoms by workers contribute to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
An on-location, preventive health care specialist coaching and training your workplace athletes removes individual risk factors that lead to these common and costly injuries.
Prevention tools and techniques for head / neck injury prevention:
- Use proper body mechanics and work technique.
- Prepare your body for work by properly warming up.
- Utilize good health habits — stay hydrated, pay attention to your nutrition and keep your body fit for work.
Early Recognition, Reporting and Intervention
At the first signs of excessive fatigue and discomfort, employees should be trained to recognize it and strongly encouraged to report it. When an early report is received, an on-location preventative health care professional should conduct a one-on-one early intervention consultation to identify the root causes and help the worker utilize injury prevention best practices.