Overexertion was the top cause of disabling injuries for construction workers in 2016, accounting for more that one-third of accepted workers compensation claims in residential construction, heavy construction, and the specialty trades. Unlike the sudden trauma of falling on an unforgiving surface or being struck by equipment, most overexertion injuries are caused by handling materials improperly, such as lifting, carrying, or holding unbalanced materials in a way that puts undue stress on soft tissues.
Manual material handling includes all of the tasks that you do to lift, lower, push, pull, hold, or carry materials; that's why overexertion injuries are common in all types of construction – residential construction, heavy construction, and the specialty trades.
But there are really only four reasons why most construction-related overexertion injuries happen:
Want to reduce your risk of an overexertion injury? Here's your list of things to do.