Take care when removing snow

Staff writer

Many people welcomed the snow dumped recently in Marion County, but not so welcome was the task of cleaning off sidewalks, driveways, and even rooftops in some cases.

“My wife wanted me to clear a path to our mailbox, but when the snow plow comes through it just sends it flying back up in here,” said Bob Woelk of Hillsboro on Saturday.

Woelk spent several hours shoveling his sidewalk and carport area but was concerned about the weight of snow on his house roof.

Woelk, a physically fit marathon runner, did not experience health problems while removing snow, but others are not always so lucky.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says the most common injuries associated with snow removal include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders.

To avoid snow removal injuries a warm-up period such as that for strenuous exercise is necessary. Proper body mechanics and an even pace of work also can help prevent snow removal injuries.

 

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