This SURVIVAL GUIDE is designed to promote awareness
of safe work practices for CEMENT MASONS
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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID AN INJURY?
What will happen to your family and your
lifestyle if you get injured and can’t work?
What will you lose if you get injured?
• Your salary
• Your quality of life
• Your job advancement
• Future opportunities
There are certain things in your job that can lead to
fatigue, discomfort, or pain when you do them
repeatedly or without breaks.
Exerting force to perform a task or to use a tool.
• Working in positions such as bending, kneeling,
stooping, twisting, and overhead reaching.
• Using awkward back, hand, wrist, elbow, or
• Remaining in the same position for a long time with
little or no movement.
• Continuous pressure from a hard surface or edge
on any part of the body.
• Working in very hot or very cold temperatures
produced by climate, equipment, or machines.
Sitting on, standing on, or holding equipment or
tools that vibrate.
In addition, stressful work situations can increase muscle
tension and reduce awareness of proper work technique.
What can Make You Hurt?
Most common injuries:
ERGONOMIC SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR
AWARENESSPrepare Yourself for Work
Just as a runner prepares for a race event by warming up, prepare for work by warming up and
stretching. Warm up by walking, marching in place, or moving your arms in circles. Once your muscles
Stretch S-L-O-W-L-Y and hold each stretch 3-5 seconds.
Stretch a few minutes before and during your workday.
Caution: Check with your doctor before exercising. If you feel discomfort while exercising, stop immediately!
Stretch the Low
Back and Hips
While you are off work, keep yourself physically ready for returning to work, whether it’s the next
day or la