Falling leaves, crisper air, pumpkin spiced everything. It must be fall. But while we love fall, it doesn’t always love us back.
Ergonomic issues are some of the leading causes of injury in Oregon—not just during fall, but year-round. In the last five years, SAIF has received more than 84,000 strains and sprains claims from Oregon workers.
“Whether it’s lifting a pumpkin that’s too heavy, doing yard work, or exercising, there are many risks of getting a sprain or strain during the fall,” said Tony Brace, ergonomist at SAIF.
Here are five easy tips to help avoid injury at work—or at play:
Watch where you’re going! Wet fallen leaves, acorns, pinecones, and downed branches can all pose slip, trip, and fall hazards.
Cheering for the home team
Avoid slouching, sit upright, and consider a stadium seat with a back for the bleachers.
Lift safely. Stand in front of the pumpkin with your feet shoulder-width apart and lift with your leg muscles (but avoid deep squatting).
Drinking hot beverages
Remember to have things you use often well within reach to avoid over-extending yourself.
It may not be everyone’s favorite fall activity, but it has to be done. Alter your stance to face the direction you are raking and avoid reaching and twisting when exerting yourself.
More information can be found at SAIF.com/FallErgo.