Pro Installer February 2016 - Issue 35 ISSUE 35 | FEBRUARY 2016 FREE » 03 Free FENSA energy ratings » 12 Homes backlog grows » 21 Building for tomorrow » 50 Fensterbau Frontale 2016 GETTING TO GRIPS WITH KNEE INJURY Knee injuries are commonplace among installers and tradespeople. Sore and swollen knee joints are something that they all suffer from at one time or another. It is a perennial problem and highly aggravating, but prevention is far easier than cure by taking the proper steps to look after your knees. The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body and there are different types of injuries that are of concern to anyone who works on their knees. The most common is probably Housemaid’s Knee or Bursitis, which is caused by kneeling for long periods of time or by repetitive knee movements such as crouching down and standing up. Fluid builds up in the bursa - which is the sack of fluid that cushions the knee joints – causing swelling, soreness and stiffness. So what is the answer? Effective knee protection on site is, as might be expected, covered by EU legislation. The EN 14404 Knee Protection Standard deals with the size, force-distribution and penetration-resistance of kneepads. Type 2, Level 1 protection ensures reliable knee protection for craftsmen in a mobile working environment that involves regular kneeling to perform their job. Continues on page 2 Is your supplier letting you down ? from only Win a Winbag! P41. Call for apprentices. P42. £ ££ GET A PRICE COMPARISON TODAY pro_installer_front_page.indd 1 £365 per leaf Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors Tel: 01642 610798 Fax: 01642 671026 15/01/2016 13:33