(PREVENTION BETTER THAN CURE?)
Below you will find a number of subjects that cover personal injury, risk assessment and information concerning clinical testing. There is also information relating to common compensation scenarios.
ROTATOR CUFF INJURY
Repeating the same motion over and over and over again at work each day.
Four muscles and four tendons make up the rotator cuff. Without these, you wouldn't be able to lift or rotate the arm. The rotator cuff also supports the shoulder joint.
Sufferers of Rotator Cuff injury could experience all or some of these symptoms
Notice shoulder is weak
Hear or feel popping or clicking when moving the arm
Have trouble lifting the arm
Experience pain just from lying on it
Experience pain when attempting to move the arm
Not able to lift things as normal
In a joint venture between GAAARD Protection and the University of Bradford, research is to be undertaken to quantify the benefits of the Scaffshirt system.
Within this research, specific data will be produced to determine what reductions are produced on direct load pressures experienced at the shoulder when carrying, primarily, scaffolding poles.
GAAARD Protection is also developing a digital dynamic calibrated measuring system with real time data analysis to allow the study to determine what the long term benefits on gait when walking with heavy loads on an individual's shoulder.
Scaffold erectors are at risk of various shoulder problems
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the most notorious work-related ailments that plague workers today. In some cases, the severity of MSDs can even go unnoticed until the wear and tear to the employee’s body becomes more pronounced and sadly, recurring.
Not surprisingly, construction workers are the ones who often fall victim to an MSD due to their demanding workload and schedule.
How does an MSD affect construction workers?
In general, any MSD may refer to chronic pain, numbness, or other problems in the knees, shoulders, upper body, as well as spine. However, the risks and injuries related to musculoskeletal disorders can also include:
Risk of permanent debilitation and disability
Injuries to limbs, back, neck, head and lungs
Loss of physical endurance and strength
Loss of worker productivity
Loss of employment
The causes of musculoskeletal problems in construction are directly related to the type of construction jobs performed. For example, onsite construction often requires workers to over-extend bodily weight limits lifting and moving construction supplies, bags and cartons.
Conducted by the Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Rotterdam, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Occupational Health Service, Maetis arbo Rotterdam.