Operators, Take a Break

Machine operators in the Northern Territory are being warned to get off their seats and take a break from using heavy machinery for long periods, or risk long-term spinal damage. Operators commonly present to Chiropractors with a variety of spinal complaints including low back pain. In my May column last year I discussed the “Sit Right Campaign”, which is a national initiative released by the CAA to educate Australians about the adverse health consequences of prolonged sitting, and to pay more attention to their postures in the workplace. This campaign was particularly directed towards sedentary office workers, however this advice is equally, if not more important for people who operate machinery. Constant sitting is common in the building, farming and [...]