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Reckon strains and sprains are just 'part of the job'? Think again!

Many common workplace strains and sprains are related to manual handling tasks - it doesn't have to be this way!

Strains and sprains can happen at any time, in the workplace and outside of work. Stay match fit with our tips so you can return home safely every day from work, for your whānau, your friends, and yourself.

How to protect your muscles during winter

Muscle strains and sprains represent more than half of the injuries we see in our workforce, often due to cold muscles. As we head into winter, here's what you can do to protect your muscles and reduce the risk of injury:

1. Don’t start cold. Blast the heat in the car on the way to work and always stretch to warm up your muscles before you start, especially if it's an early one!

2. Wear layers. Bring extra layers (like a jumper and beanie) that you can add or remove so that you stay warm as you move between different areas.

3. Stretch after breaks. Even with layers on your body can cool down quickly, so make sure you take a few minutes to stretch before heading back to work.


Top tips to avoid injury

Plan for success

  • Identify any risks when you arrive at the site and before you start each new task.

  • Use your 5x5 card to plan your task and assess the load.

  • Always attend safety meetings and briefs - they're there for a reason!

Get help when you need it

  • Know your physical limits and ask for help when you need it.

  • Use lifting aids when they’re available.

  • If you’re unsure - just ask! It’s your supervisor’s job to ensure you have the info you need to work safely.

Common workplace injuries

  • Head injuries - Bending down and bumping your head when getting up.

  • Back or shoulder strains- Packing and unpacking shelves.

  • Strained hands, wrists and forearms - Strapping and wrapping large objects.

  • Hand injuries - Lifting objects beyond your capacity and by yourself.

  • Feet or leg injuries - Pulling or pushing trolleys.

  • Rolled ankles - Same level slips and trips or stepping on uneven ground.

  • Muscle strain - Lifting, carrying and putting down heavy or awkward objects. Twisting, bending and stretching movements. Pulling trolleys or loaded pallet jacks.


​Want more info? Have a chat with us.

If you’ve got any concerns or questions relating to health and safety in your work environment, give your Select Consultant a call.