Tips for avoiding injury

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by SLW, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. SLW

    SLW Member

    I'm pretty new to this, already hurtin, and want to make sure that if and when I retire, I do it intact. Clearly, the PCM warmup is not enough.

    What are some things you do to protect yourself? Seen others do successfully? Injuries you've got that the doctor said, "Well, you should/shouldn't have been doing this?"
     
  2. Wontmake9.5

    Wontmake9.5 My job is fun

    3 points of contact it a must. Square you shoulders when you close and open the bulk door. Don’t just yank it as your stepping out, good way to mess up your shoulder. Lift with your power zone. Use a two wheeler instead of being macho and carrying stuff etc. just be smart about the work you do.
     
  3. SLW

    SLW Member

    Need to get me one of those . . .
     
  4. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Lift weights and good shoes help.
     
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  5. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    2 things helped me especially the last 10 years.

    use the methods to the T and retire as soon as you are qualified.
     
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  6. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

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    I did pull a muscle one time lifting a dolly one time. dollies , chains , sometime load transfers . so i did go to the gym .
    yes, it was hard to keep the weight off because of working graveyard and sleeping days.
    I didn't lift weight but went swimming laps about 3 times a week. would bring salads and fruits for work for the week and then would eat normal meals on the weekends.
     
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  7. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    How heavy are those dollies?
     
  8. rod

    rod #1 on Upstates "list"

    Be careful going down stairs

     
  9. I have been lurking

    I have been lurking On the spectrum

    Don't preload
     
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  10. MECH-lift

    MECH-lift Union Brother

    It’s impossible to remain in the “power zone”, UPS will destroy your body and intimidate you not to turn any injury in..
     
  11. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

    #1 tip; do not work for UPS.
    It is brutal,back breaking work.
    Find another line of work , so that when you finally retire , you can actually enjoy it.
     
  12. GenericUsername

    GenericUsername Active Member

    Stretch at home, not just the PCM. Stretch throughout the day. Don't rush yourself. Be decisive in your movements. Don't jerk when lifting or twist stupidly. If you have to get on a knee to get a package out from under a shelf, do that instead of bending or squatting. Wear good shoes. Eat healthier (something I'm terrible at), drink plenty of water... There's a ton of things they preach daily that actually do work. Find a good way to also get rid of your stress, whether it's a physical activity after work or some sort of mental exercises. I play competitive video games at night. For those in the know, I used to be LEM in CS:GO and Masters/low GM in Overwatch. Don't just sit on the couch, do something.
     
  13. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Genetics. Although working out helps doing repetitive motion over and over with either break you or not depending on YOUR body.
     
  14. MECH-lift

    MECH-lift Union Brother

    ?
     
  15. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Change wives every now and then. You will be broke and need to go to work. No time for injury.
     
  16. Bob11B

    Bob11B Active Member

    Rub one out during your ten minute break...just don’t forget to close the bulkhead door
     
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  17. Package Stick

    Package Stick "Send it."

    Unless you're a feeder.
     
  18. Shift Inhibit

    Shift Inhibit He who laughs last didn't get it.

    Weren’t you a feeder driver for your entire ups career ?!
     
  19. Covemastah

    Covemastah And the Reign Of Terror Continues!! Pats # 6 !!!

    Package car slowly destroys your body , bouncing in a feeder just helps to slowly finish you off !
     
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  20. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    finish me off.
     
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