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February 4, 2022

Watch Your Back! Ergonomics

You may have experienced some body pain if you work in a casino, no matter what task you are required to complete. This may be the result of improper lifting techniques or simply fatigue from long hours of physical labor. No matter the cause, it is important to take a moment to evaluate your physical state and consider your health before, during, and after completing an assigned task. Neglecting your body can lead to serious problems now and in the future.

Casino worker ergonomics blog post

It is important for all employees to be familiar with the term “ergonomics”. Ergonomics is the study of your physical abilities and limitations to observe how you can best perform work tasks using various tools, equipment, and materials in your job environment. Every job you will ever do has ergonomic hazards.

Always remain aware of the risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal disorders, which include:

  • Excessive force
  • Repetitive motion
  • Vibration
  • Localized pressure
  • Cold temperatures
  • Awkward or static posture

There are several techniques you can utilize to keep yourself from experiencing ergonomic issues.

  • Use Proper Lifting Techniques- Proper lifting comes from your legs rather than your back. It is important to lift by bending your legs at the knee, squatting down to the object’s level, and moving slowly. If a box is particularly uncomfortable or heavy to lift, have a coworker help you.
  • Perform Stretches- You should stretch before and after a lift in the areas of your body that are strained from your work. There are different stretches for the back, shoulders, arms, waist, and so forth.
  • Wear PPE- Much of the work you do will require that you wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Gloves are the most common PPE you will be required to wear, regardless of the job you do. You may also be given back braces or knee pads in case by case scenarios.

Your company should have an ergonomic program designed to identify, analyze, and control workplace risk factors. If there isn’t one yet, you and your employer should work together to create an effective program. These plans should apply to floor staff, dealers and office workers.

Go to the Hard Hat Training series website for more information about ergonomics and other workplace practices. Good luck and stay safe!

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