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Five types of machinist injuries

| Jun 8, 2021 | Firm News |

Machinists tend to be incredibly thoughtful about the work they do, measuring, planning and ensuring minimal waste and scrap. Even so, machining is still a trade, and that means it’s a physical job. Between all the care and thoughtful operations, there is significant lifting, twisting, bending and gripping; those actions can add up to injuries such as:

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is the inflammation of the tendons along the outside of your forearm. It’s caused by turning or twisting actions with your wrists and forearm. It can be excruciating and debilitating.

Placing material into a machine, securing the chuck, and ensuring proper placement are serious risk factors. While bracing can often help alleviate pain, if not diagnosed early enough, it can develop into a long-term problem in need of surgery. It could end your career.

Lower back strain

Lower back strain doesn’t only come from lifting. Back injuries develop from improper posture and are cumulative. Leaning forward, sitting and any activity where you bend over can contribute. Proper form is essential to prevent a lower back injury; the problem is, proper form is slightly different for everyone depending on their body size and type. Improper footwear can lead to a lower back strain.

Arthritis

A long career working in a machine shop means you’ve had your fair share of knicks, cuts, bruises, and abrasions all over your hands. But while those are acute, momentary issues, using your hands so much over the years will take a toll. That toll may lead to swelling and pain and the inability to complete simple operations that you have done for your entire career.

Exposure

Clean or dirty, a machine shop has a certain smell to it that you can’t forget. It’s the same worldwide, and sometimes it might be hiding molds, chemicals or toxins that are harmful to you. When you spend so much of your time removing stock from metals, you may have inhaled something that you wish you hadn’t. Sometimes it can lead to respiratory illnesses that you cannot come back from.

Take advantage of injury recovery options

Machinists make the parts that make the machines that make the world better. Workers’ compensation allows those workers to keep standing and keep building when they’ve hurt themselves. If you suffer from a cumulative work injury like those above, you have options available to you.

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