Repairing and installing ductwork is a labor-intensive process that can lead to serious physical injuries. Here are a few ways to prevent these injuries and other ductwork disasters.
Because HVAC repair and installation require heavy lifting and body contortion to fit into tight spaces, it is crucial to remain in top physical shape. To do this, make exercise a regular part of your routine. Exercise does not have to be all about push-ups and running, however. Consider the following activities:
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Mistakes happen when you are physically and mentally tired. A single omission in the use of personal protective equipment or safety procedures can lead to dire consequences. Ensure that you rest well on your off hours and come to work refreshed so you can concentrate on completing the tasks at hand in the safest ways possible.
Ensure that you know the correct way to move your body to prevent injury. Lift heavy objects using your legs, not your back. Minimize twisting your body while holding heavy loads and use hand trucks or dollies to move bulky or heavy items. Tools cannot experience injury, so use them whenever possible.
By adopting these practices, you can help prevent serious injury in the field of HVAC.