Carpentry: Skilled Trade Work

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Carpentry is a skilled trade work which primarily includes the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials required for the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did rougher work such as framing, yet today we see many other materials being used and sometimes finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building being considered as carpentry.
Most common injuries:
Back - 21%
Fingers/Hands - 15%
Knees - 7%
Certain things in this job lead to fatigue, discomfort, or pain when doing them repeatedly or without breaks. Such thing are:

• Performing same or similar movement over and over without breaks, rest, or time for recovery.
• Exerting
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• Working in extreme temperatures, this is due to climate or those produced by equipment or machines.
• Sitting on, standing on, or holding equipment that vibrates.

In addition, the increase in muscle tension and reduced awareness of proper work technique can be due to stressful conditions.

Carpenters and plasterers were found to have a higher risk of musculoskeletal abnormalities than white collar workers. Not to mention , occupational carpal tunnel syndrome was find to be the most in carpentry and the food processing industry, .Sciatic pain was more common among carpenters and machine operators than office workers, but occupational differences were basically smaller with regard to non-specific low back pain and lumbago. Major risk factors for sciatica were working in twisted or bent postures, as well as machine operating and severe back accidents.
Prepare Yourself for Work
Just as a runner prepares for an athletic event by warming up, it would be wise to prepare for your work day by stretching and doing exercises.

• Stretching during and before your work
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• Never ignore your symptoms. Bring your supervisor’s attention right away.
• Follow company’s ergonomic program and Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
• Identify the cause of the problem with your foreman or supervisor
• Seek better ways to do your job________________________________________
THE WRONG WAY THE SAFE WAY Having to work in a bent or stooped posture for a long time may cause fatigue and strain your lower back, neck, and shoulders.
• Changing positions (sit or kneel with knee pads) when working at or near ground level.
• Alternating bending with non-bending tasks. Lifting or carrying loads that are too heavy may cause a serious back injury.
• Applying teamwork and planning lifts to coordinate movements.
• Using a cart to transport materials. Working overhead and reaching for long periods of time may lead to lower back, arm, shoulders, and neck injuries.
• Using a ladder, scaffold, or scissor lift.
• Staying close to the work.
• Using lighter-weight tools. ________________________________________

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