Common Moving Injuries And How To Avoid

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Moving away, whether a few blocks or many miles, is hard work and can be very stressful. Unfortunately, stress and fatigue are the perfect recipes for accidents and injuries.  Professional moving companies train their crew in injury prevention. Being familiar with potential hazards, and having all the necessary equipment, enables them to move your household safely and avoid common moving injuries.

Learn more about the most common moving injuries, and how hiring a professional moving crew can minimize that risk.

Common Injuries Sustained While Moving

Lifting boxes and moving furniture is a daily part of a moving crew’s day. Even though they are experienced and trained to perform these tasks safely, they are always aware that they are prone to the following physical injuries:

  • Strained back
  • Broken fingers, hands, and toes
  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
  • Knee and elbow injuries
  • Muscle injuries or tears, especially in calves, thighs, shoulders, and neck
  • Ankle sprains or fractures
  • Heat stroke and dehydration

How To Prevent Moving-Related Injuries

The heavy lifting and hauling that is part and parcel of any move can take its toll on the body. A tired body is more susceptible to injury, so you must take regular breaks to rest and hydrate throughout the day. Here are some ways to prevent potential moving-related injuries:

Preventing Back Injuries

The easiest way to prevent back injuries is to know your limit. Never try to lift, push, or pull items that are too heavy for you. Always use the correct moving equipment, such as furniture sliders or hoists, when necessary.

Other ways to minimize the risk of back injuries are:

  • Bending correctly. Bend at the knees, not at your waist.
  • Using your lower limbs, not your back, for support when lifting heavy items.

Preventing Broken Fingers, Hands, And Toes

Broken fingers, hands, and toes are common injuries sustained while moving. To prevent these injuries, take extra precautions by:

  • Wearing heavy-duty gloves
  • Wearing closed shoes, with reinforced toe caps if possible
  • Ensuring that the bottom of the boxes are properly reinforced. Do not overfill packing boxes.

Preventing Cuts, Scrapes, And Bruises

An easy way to prevent cuts, scrapes, and bruises is to cover as much of your skin as possible. Weather permitting, try to wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves. Wear heavy-duty gloves, especially when carrying glass items or mirrors.

Preventing Knee And Elbow Injuries

If you have old knee or elbow injuries, wear a support brace. Always bend correctly and lift heavy items cautiously, using auxiliary equipment whenever possible.

Preventing Muscle injuries Or Tears

Warm muscles are less prone to injury. Before you start heavy lifting, pulling, or pushing, warm your muscles with dynamic movements and slow stretches. When you start lifting, start with the smaller, lighter items first, and gradually work your way up to moving the heavier items.

Preventing Ankle Sprains And Fractures

Make sure your shoes are comfortable, sturdy, and non-slip. Ensure you have a wide, clutter-free path, and a clear vision of where you are going. Make sure that path is dry and not slippery.

Preventing Heat Stroke And Dehydration

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration are very serious conditions that can occur on a moving day. You can avoid this by:

  • Ensuring that the fabric of your clothes is breathable and appropriate for the South Florida heat.
  • Wearing sunscreen.
  • Taking regular breaks and drinking plenty of fluids (preferably water). Do not only drink when you are thirsty.

Avoid Moving Injuries With A Professional Moving Crew

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