Construction is physically demanding work. Excessive lifting of heavy objects, performing repetitive motions and working in unusual or awkward positions for prolonged periods are all known risk factors for back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Strength, size, age and anatomical differences all play a role in the number of lifts a person’s body can tolerate.
Construction employers should design tasks to reduce excessive lifting, repetitive motions and awkward work positions. Instituting work practice procedures such as team lifting, practicing proper body mechanics and training workers on how to maintain a neutral posture each help reduce risk factors.