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Question: What is a Repetitive Motion Injury?
Answer: A repetitive motion injury is an injury to a part of the body that is caused by performing the same motion over and over again thereby straining the body part.
Strain occurs when the body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly or otherwise function at a greater level then it is prepared for. The immediate impact may be minute, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant straining cause damage.
The term repetitive motion injury identifies a large group of conditions that result from using the body in a repetitious way and causing injury by the amount it is done.
These conditions are often focused on a joint and usually affect the muscle, bone, tendon or bursa of the joint. However other anatomical features and areas can be stressed and their response to that strain can be an injury.
Some common examples of repetitive motion injuries are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
Question: How can I prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries?
Answer: Many daily tasks preformed in the packaging of your goods could be causing workers to suffer from Repetitive Motion Injuries as well as causing a bottle neck in your shipping department.
Recognizing these tasks, such as:
- Hand erecting cartons
- Hand taping cartons
- Manually wrapping pallets
is the first step to preventing serious injuries to your workforce.
Hand erecting cartons could indicate a need for a case erector, hand taping is an indication of a need for a case sealer and hand wrapping is an indication of a need for a stretch wrapper.
For more information please contact a Hughes Enterprises Packaging Consultant.
For more information on our shipping and packaging solutions for our Cosmetics customers, see our case study on our solution for Chanel or contact your Hughes Sales Representative.