Pull curtains not muscles

Category: News

Ingenious strap preventing injuries in trucking industry

Transport workers are sparing themselves injuries, thanks to an ingenious and inexpensive device designed by occupational therapist, Tim Elvery together with experts from the trucking industry.

The Strong Arm Strap is designed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and make it easier for truck drivers and transport workers, when opening and closing heavy tautliner truck curtains.

Mr Elvery, from StrongLinx, said the simple cost-effective device provided leverage and also helped to reduce the risk of injuries to the back, shoulder, upper limbs and neck.

The transport industry has a higher rate of injuries than many other occupations, with the average cost of a lost-time work injury in the road transport industry being $26,089 (*Queensland workers’ compensation scheme statistics 2017-18).

“I developed the Strong Arm Strap out of necessity, after seeing and treating the injuries caused when transport workers strained themselves pulling tautliner curtains that were sticking, worn or just heavy.

“The Strong Arm Strap means they can securely ground themselves and get a good grip on the strap handle, instead of stretching and straining to pull the curtains, enabling them to open or close the curtains much more safely and easily,” Mr Elvery said.

“The strap is also compact and easy to store so it’s ready when needed.”
The strap hooks into the curtain buckle (saving fingers and hands from possible injury) and allows workers to keep their arms close to their body as they pull, so they can use their core strength and reduce the risk of over-stretching (saving back and shoulder injuries).

BevChain driver Malcolm Tom said using the Strong Arm Strap made the job easier.

“All BevChain shuttle drivers from the XXXX Brewery in Milton really like using the Strong Arm Strap, as it makes opening side curtains much easier and puts less strain on our bodies,” Mr Tom said.

Matthew Muller, also a BevChain driver concurred.

“The Strong Arm Strap makes light work of hard to move curtains that will save workers from long-term potential injuries.”

The Strong Arm Strap retails for just $39.50. For more information or to order visit www.strongarmstrap.com.

*For more information on statistics quoted – Queensland Workers’ Compensation Scheme statistics 2017-18 – https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/167628/wcr-stat-report-2017-18.pdf

Truck driver shoulder injuries; long healing time and costly

truck driver shoulder injuries

Why don’t we focus on truck driver shoulder injuries? A recent article revealed that Health care providers and truckers know that back problems are driver’ most common occupational injury, but what’s second? https://www.fleetowner.com/driver-management/driver-shoulder-injuries-long-healing-time-costly-and-we-know-little-about-them

Bryan Combs (faculty member and nurse at the University of Alabama at Birmingham) was an athletic trainer before becoming a nurse and instructor. He learned that truck driver shoulder injuries were the second most common injury. Even more important, it took longer to heal, cost more downtime, and often required more extensive treatments than back problems.

This article suggests that shoulder injuries take more time to heal, produce more downtime and cost more than back injuries. Anatomically speaking, shoulders are extremely complicated and in some ways more intricate than backs.

Combs likes to think of drivers as “occupational athletes” who suffer much of the same injuries as college or professional athletes. “If you can strengthen the shoulder, we may be able to do something to help prevent shoulder injuries.

Injury prevention requires a thorough risk reduction strategy. In addition to operator strengthening and training, the Strong Arm Strap has been demonstrated to greatly assist in reducing the loads and resultant risks associated with shoulder injuries for truck drivers.

The Numbers Say It All: Safer solutions for transport workers

Pull Curtains Not Muscles

Based on recent statistics it is definitely worth investigating safer solutions for opening and closing curtains on tautliner trucks! This research relates to injuries suffered by road transport workers.

Information from Safe Work Australia revealed that there has been a 36% reduction in the rate of serious claims between 2001 and 2015. However the following injury rates are still occurring in these areas:

  • 21% Back
  • 15% Shoulder and upper arm
  • 8%   Hand, fingers and thumb
  • 7%   Wrist, elbow and forearm

A growing number of transport companies have conducting risk assessments of pulling curtains. Many have implemented the Strong Arm Strap as one part of their overall risk reduction strategy http://www.strongarmstrap.com/product/. Results have demonstrated this is an effective control solution to the very clear risks associated with handling curtains.

Why not give it a try? It can’t hurt! http://www.strongarmstrap.com/product/strong-arm-strap/


Job Seeker Success Story

Employment & Job Placement Services Consultants have caught on to the Strong Arm Straps to help their clients return to work.

Keith (name changed for privacy) recently returned to work in a new position after being on Workers Compensation in SA for a shoulder injury. With the assistance of an Employment JPS Consultant who worked with his Insurer, a new employer placement was found in his previous occupation as a truck driver.

The heavy and awkward above shoulder height pulling of truck/tautliner curtains open and closed throughout the day would have proven to be  a struggle for Keith returning to this work in this industry. When he requested the insurer to provide him with a Strong Arm Strap to assist return to work, they jumped at it, knowing this investment into Keith’s future work success was a guaranteed win!

I can’t believe I haven’t heard of these before. I would have supplied all my many truckies with them! I’m really pleased I know about these now.” (Ashley S, JPS Employment Consultant, SA)

We wish you all the best Keith in your new position and your future health as a truck driver!

The Strong Arm Strap Team.

A Miracle in the World of Camping

As the word spreads about the Strong Arm Strap among managers, drivers and handlers within the road transport industry, it is inevitable that new and innovative ways to use this device will emerge!

The general population who love their camping, 4WD, boating and outdoor activities are now learning that the Strong Arm Strap is effective in reducing strain, pain and injury when pulling (almost anything)!

We recently heard from Peter who purchased a Strong Arm Strap for personal use. Peter and his wife recently spent 5 months travelling and camping through Queensland and the Northern Territory.

“As a person who suffers from back issues, camping is a little more difficult than it should be, especially when it comes time to remove the tent pegs,” he explained.

This task was made more difficult in west Arnhem Land due to the constant high winds requiring more pegs than usual and for them to be hammered in more fully.

One of the others travelling with them was a HR manager for a Brisbane-based trucking company and he had brought along a couple of Strong Arm Straps. He used these straps to easily remove even stubborn pegs from the ground. He loaned one of the straps to Peter who told us “I found that not only was the task of peg removal significantly easier, because the strap has a terrific ‘handle’ to pull with, but also due to the length of the strap, I was able to hook the peg, remove it AND lift it up, all without bending over”. Peter described this as “a miracle in the world of camping!” 

Reluctantly, he had to return the strap at the conclusion of the camp, but has since purchased one and said that “it goes with us in the 4WD, and wherever the tent goes”.

“I cannot recommend this strap enough and my thanks to Tim and the team for this back-saving invention”.