how to avoid injuries from \'overfilled\' reusable shopping bags
Shoppers across the country complain that supermarket cashiers pack larger, stronger bags just because they can accommodate more, making them heavy and putting customers at risk of injury.
Customer Angie Duta
Lancaster expressed her concerns on Facebook.
\"I know you made the bag bigger so it wasn\'t used that much, but it put the customer at risk of unnecessary damage due to overweight, she wrote on the Coles Facebook page.
MsDutta after talking to Coles
Lancaster said an employee advised customers to help the cashier when packing reusable bags.
\"They also need feedback because it\'s new to them as well,\" she said.
Another Coles customer reported that the cashier filled a bag with four cans of 220g of spaghetti, a liter of UHT milk, a can of pasta sauce and a bottle of juice.
\"I brought my own bag and the waiter put all these heavy items in one bag, even though I asked her not to fill it up,\" said Paul Jain . \".
\"It\'s too heavy to hold in one hand, not to mention how much the bag can hold.
A shopper in Melbourne has also raised health and safety issues with the cashier who are trying to bring up and transfer these luggage-filled bags that can hurt themselves.
\"I \'ve just seen your staff overpack, stuff, overpack is too heavy because it only took the customer a month or two to buy half a cart and refuse to buy ags, \"Marisa Mattucci wrote it on the Facebook page of Adams Woolworths.
Yahoo7 News has contacted Coles and Woolworths to comment on the matter.
But the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
Saying that the damage caused by carrying too many groceries is not a new event, transferring from smaller plastic bags is a step to help minimize the damage.
Physical therapist David Hall, chair of the occupational health group and a member of APA, said people carrying heavy bags to strain their hands, wrists and shoulders is not a new mechanism of injury. “The old [single-use]
\"Shopping bags, people used to carry quite a lot of things at one time,\" he said . \".
\"The hand is not designed to hold these loads for a long time.
In an interview with Yahoo7, Mr. Hall said that while the move to ban plastic shopping bags is positive for the environment, it will also increase the health benefits of Australians.
The key to minimizing damage, he said, is not to fill too many bags, but to keep the luggage close to the body by choosing a backpack and a rope backpack instead of a \"green\" tote bag.
These options attract the body\'s larger muscles and core strength, rather than the small ligaments on the hands and shoulders, the physical therapist said.
\"Don\'t push your shopping too far,\" he suggested . \".
\"Get them close to the end of the boot.
Mr Hall\'s other suggestion was to \"carry the luggage at the height of the bench, rather than bending over and reaching out so as to avoid low back pain and shoulder injuries \".
He also suggested avoiding the basket and choosing the trolley.
As Australians adapt to new shopping practices, Hall advises shoppers to be better prepared to put some backpacks and ropes in their cars on the go, if traveling by accident.