Manufacturing industry is manufacture and trade activity based on fabrication, processing, or preparation of products from raw materials and commodities. – Sustainable Development Indicator Group
As it deals with processing and preparation, manufacturing usually requires various processes, machineries, and operations through a well-organised plan for each activity. The process, basically, requires workers to bend, press, and package goods. These processes, in this regard, needs a manpower in order to produce good and qualified product. Physical strength of workers is needed in the process of producing and processing the goods.
Unfortunately, some companies still ignore the importance of building safe work environment as they have poor design facilities that result in lost worker productivity and cases of injuries in the workplace. Another reason of lost productivity is poor posture workers have when doing their job. According to EHS Today, “Poor posture might be another issue that can cause problems for health of those who work in manufacturing.” Poor posture can put stress on joints, muscles, ligaments and other parts of body. Therefore, researches suggest manufacturing employees to gradually improve their posture as it can help make significant increases in productivity too.
Here are some tips for you to improve your posture and avoid injuries in the workplace:
Posture while standing
- Change working positions frequently so that working in one position is only for reasonably short duration.
- Avoid extreme bending, stretching, and twisting.
- Pace work appropriately.
- Allow yourself to rest in periods of time, exercise might also help.
- Allow yourself an adjustment period when you return to work after an absence for vacation or illness so you can gradually return to a regular work pace.
Posture while sitting
- Position your buttocks all the way to the back of the chair.
- Try to maintain a straight back and keep your shoulder back.
- Distribute the weight of your body evenly in the chair.
- Keep your knees at or as close to right angles as possible.
- Place your feet flat on the ground.
Posture while lifting
- Ask for help when lifting objects that are heavy.
- Make sure you have a firm grasp of the object before lifting.
- Make sure to have good foot position when lifting heavy objects.
- Use a wide stance and get close to the object before you lift.
- Do not bend at the waist to lift objects that are low to the ground.
- Bend your knees and hips and let your legs do most of work when lifting low objects.
- Do not reach to lift objects that are on tables, counters, or shelves. Instead, slide object to the edge and lift with object close to your body.
Posture while driving
- Do not extend your arms to reach wheel.
- Make sure your knees can bend and reach the pedals comfortably.
- Adjust height of your seat to your knees are at the same level or higher than your hips.
- Make sure your back is straight and resting on the back of the seat when you drive.
- Use a lumbar roll to support the curve of your back and maintain good posture.
- Adjust your posture and stay mindful of your position throughout the day can be a chore at the beginning. And with some time and attention, your body will adapt the stance naturally and help improve your overall health.
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