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January 1, 1970

Common moving injuries and how to avoid them

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People seem to forget that along with packing and transporting, moving injuries are a part of most relocations. This is the case simply because most people are reckless. They forget to prepare themselves and their items and end up getting hurt. Therefore, if you want to be in the minority of people that don't experience a moving injury, you better keep on reading. Here we will go over which moving injuries most often occur, and how to avoid them.

Most common moving injuries

In order for you to prepare yourself for your next relocation, you need to be aware of what moving injuries there are. Of course, we cannot possibly cover all of them in a single article. But, what we can do is to list you some of the most common ones. Avoid these, if you can, and you will make your relocation much safer for both you and your possessions. Furthermore, knowing this is ever so more important, if you have any friends helping you out with your move. There is nothing worse than having topostpone your relocation because someone was reckless and got hurt. It will be up to you to help your friends avoid moving injuries. And here is what they need to avoid.

Hurting your fingers

The most common type of moving injury is to hurt your fingers. You can strain them due to too much physical labor or, you mishandle a heavy object and end up hurting them. In either case, you need to pay close attention to your hands and make sure to take things slow. Most of these injuries will happen because you were trying to rush something. If you simply take your time and not rush your relocation, you will avoid not only hurting your fingers but a whole array of other moving injuries.

Back injury

The next thing that people hurt often during relocation is their back. This usually happens simply because people aren't used to lifting a heavy object. If you have never visited a gym before, you probably don't know that there is a proper technique for lifting heavy objects. If you do not utilize this technique you will end up hurting your back. A hurt back can be a simple strain that requires a couple of days of rest. Or it can be a herniated disc that can require surgery to fix. Whatever the injury might be, you best avoid it at all cost. Don't try doing something difficult, unless you are sure of how it is done.

Hurting your toes

Dropping something on your toes is another silly accident. Again, you most likely will simply bump your toe a bit. But, it is not uncommon for people to break their toe, if not their entire foot when mishandling a heavy object. Therefore, you should do yourself a favor and not risk hurting your toes while moving.

How can you minimize moving injuries

Now that you have an idea on what moving injuries there are, let us go over how to avoid them. That way you will be able to prepare for your relocation and make it as safe as possible.

Find good movers

No relocation is possible without good movers. True, you can try to move on your own and not hire any professional help. But, if you really want to avoid moving injuries, you better hire professional movers to help you out. Let them at least deal with the difficult, dangerous parts of the move. Most moving accidents happen during loading, transporting, and unloading. Therefore, you should hire movers to at least deal with those segments of relocation. But, the more you let things you let them deal with, the less you will put yourself in potential harm. Reliable movers may cost you some money but trust us, when it comes to avoiding moving injuries, they will be worth every cent spent.

Safety gear

Do not even attempt to handle your relocation without work gloves and work boots. Work gloves will help prevent all the aforementioned injuries regarding hands. Most of those injuries happen because your hands get wet and slippery. A solid pair of work gloves will help keep your hands nice and dry. That way you will avoid numerous moving mishaps, as there will be no chance of something slipping out of your hands. You will also need a nice pair of work boots. These will help you prevent slipping on the floor and falling down. Plus, if you happen to drop something on your feet, you better have a work boot protecting it. Your everyday footwear will hardly provide enough protection to keep your toes and feet safe. So, do yourself a favor and get some safety gear.

Proper technique when lifting heavy objects

Lifting heavy objects is all about proper technique. Sure, you will need somebody strength. But, if you do not know how to use it, you will soon get tired and start making silly mistakes. Keep your back straight at all times. Even if you have to pick something up form the floor. Let your legs do the most of the work and do not bend your back when lifting. If you bend your back you will put yourself in a prime position for a back injury. Lift with your legs and keep a solid grip at all times. If you get tired, take a break. You will only cause a moving mishap if you rush.

Good packing materials

Last but not least, packing. In order to avoid moving mishaps, and therefore moving injuries, you need to pack your possessions properly. There are numerous online guides that can help you out. Plus, if you would rather not deal with packing, or you find yourself in a bit of trouble, there are always willing movers ready to help you out. Remember, packing is the last line of defense when it comes to moving safety.

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