Watch Your Back – The Price Of Poor Ergonomics For Electrical Contractors

The onslaught of conditions which fall under Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is not pretty, but pretty painful to say the least.

Injuries brought on by poor ergonomics can affect your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Due to confined spaces and the use of manual and power tools electrical contractors can be prone to such afflictions, which might include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Epicondylitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Muscle strains and low back injuries

By getting a handle on handles, and supporting your body in your work, you can reduce muscle fatigue and increase productivity.

Triggers and Solutions

Tools – Repetitive actions carried out by hand-held tools can soon become tiresome. If you’re digging, a mechanical trencher or excavator is the best option, otherwise, go for long-handled tools so you don’t have to bend down. For smaller hand held tools like pliers, snips and crimpers look for those which are spring-loaded and don’t require an extended grip.

Position – Working in confined spaces can mean awkward body postures and increase the risk of injury if you don’t plan. Pre-empt tricky jobs with tools that provide easy access to the task at hand, use adjustable work tables, and save your knees and your feet with anti-fatigue mats.

A risk management programme should include risk of injury due to poor ergonomics alongside electrical hazards, and mandatory employers’ liability will cover your employees if they suffer a work-related injury. But there are many other ways in which dedicated Electrical Contractor’s insurance can serve you.

Custom-made for cabling contractors, product manufacturers, solar panel installers, mechanical engineers and other professionals in the field, Electrical Contractor’s insurance can offer protection for defective workmanship, material damage, loss of keys and professional indemnity, as well as the features you’d expect from a standard policy which mitigates against workplace injuries.

Speak to our team at Redwood Insurance to find out more. Call 01268 776277 or email