We were all incredibly sorry to see that Jeremy Renner was critically injured while plowing snow in his neighborhood. The Marvel actor suffered “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries” after his snowplow ran him over. Snow removal safety is something we should all have on our minds after record storms and record snowfall this season.
The most common injuries associated with snow removal, according to OrthoInfo, include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders, as well as lacerations and finger amputations. Here are some general safety tips to keep in mind when removing snow.
Always dress appropriately for snow removal. Light layers and water-repellent clothing will provide insulation and keep you dry. Keep your head and feet dry and warm with a warm hat and socks. Don’t risk slipping by throwing on any old shoe in your house. Choose a shoe that is slip resistant.
Before you begin any physical workout, you should warm up your muscles. Before you start shoveling, make sure your muscles are good and warm. Always pace yourself while shoveling or removing snow. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and stop if you experience pain or shortness of breath.
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Keep the snow from piling up to an unmanageable height. Start to clear early and often so you can stay on top of it.
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Find a shovel that is comfortable for you. If a shovel is too long or heavy, you could injure yourself. To avoid injury, push the snow instead of trying to lift it. Remember to squat and lift with your legs if you have to raise the snow. Avoid throwing the snow over your shoulder, as that could injure your back from the twisting motion.
At OrthoManhattan, we see various injuries and conditions all year, but you can help prevent injuries with these snow removal safety tips. If you have suffered an injury while this winter, don’t hesitate to contact us through the form on this page or by making an appointment here.