When you’re planning a move, no doubt you’re thinking about packing lists, timelines, and other logistics. Getting hurt is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, injuries can occur anytime sharp or heavy objects are involved. In fact, we’ve seen our fair share of bumps and bruises.
Read on to find out about the most common moving injuries, along with ways to prevent them from happening to you.
Most Common Moving Injuries
No matter how young or in shape you are, no one is immune to throwing out his or her back during a move. Obviously, the old adage still rings true: Lift with your legs, not your back. It’s also helpful to wear a back brace for a long day of lifting. Use a dolly — or our personal favorite, the GoGo Cart. Additionally, make sure you have plenty of help lifting objects over 50 pounds.
You’d be surprised how fragile your knees are. Knee problems are among the most common moving injuries because people often wrench their knees lifting and carrying heavy objects. In tight quarters, it’s easy to hit your knee against something solid. Try knee braces and knee pads for some relief.
Sprained ankles happen fairly frequently in the moving industry. All it takes is one misstep for all of your weight to roll onto one ankle. To prevent this sort of injury, watch where you’re going at all times. In addition, we also recommend wearing work boots with ankle support.
Cuts and Scrapes
Unfortunately, scratches and cuts are all too common on moving day. The best way to prevent these are with the correct clothing. Cover yourself as much as possible. Jeans are always the preferable type of pants due to their sturdiness. Ensuring items are properly wrapped is another way to safely avoid scrapes.
Broken Hands, Fingers, and Toes
It’s too easy for hands and digits to get crushed underneath something heavy. However, this is one of the most avoidable injuries around. Remember, don’t lift something that’s too heavy for you. Always enlist another person to help. Finally, never let go of a large item when someone else is on the other end.
Wear gloves if possible. Also, we suggest finding a pair of good work boots to protect your fragile toes. Unfortunately, broken toes can happen when you stub them on a sturdy object. As much as you’re able, look before you step.
General Safety Tips
If you do suffer a moving injury, stop and take care of it immediately. Don’t assume it’s not a big deal just because it seems minor at the time. Get off your feet, ice the injury if you can, and take an anti-inflammatory drug such as aspirin.
Assemble a first-aid kit ahead of time with the following important supplies:
- Adhesive bandages
- Alcohol wipes
- Medical tape
- Antibiotic ointment
Overall, use common sense. Eat and drink throughout the day, both to protect yourself from exhaustion and to keep your brain sharp.
Consider hiring a professional local moving company like Ameritex Movers. Professional movers can save you blood, sweat, and tears by doing the heavy lifting for you.
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