No matter where you work, the possibly for a workplace injury is there. Even at a desk job, you’re exposed to some degree of risk. Keep these five guidelines in front of you, and you’ll help to prevent some of the most common work-related injuries:
- Always wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE includes helmets, earplugs, goggles, and other equipment designed to keep you safe on the job. Each workplace has its own policies regarding PPE, and you may use different PPE for different jobs, or in different parts of the building if you work indoors. Never remove PPE when you’re on a job that requires it.
- Use proper technique. Even if you’re healthy and in shape, you can still injure yourself if you don’t maintain good posture and proper body mechanics. Avoid twisting, stooping, or bending over. Try to avoid overexertion, and when lifting, lift with your legs instead of your back.
- Use ergonomics. If you do manual labor, use equipment like cranes or carts to reduce heavy lifting, when possible. If you work at a computer, make your desk, chair, and keyboard as ergonomic as possible.
- Stay in shape. Vigorous exercise several times a week has many proven health benefits, but so does stretching occasionally, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If your job involves manual labor or repetitive motions, stretch any muscles you’ll be using to keep them flexible.
- Make your health a priority. You already know the dangers of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. However, those aren’t the only threats to your health. If you work long hours or too many days in a row, it can be tempting to forego sleep, proper nutrition and other pillars of a healthy lifestyle. While this may help you meet that one big, looming deadline, choosing between health and productivity isn’t sustainable in the long run.
If you’ve already been injured on the job, or you have concerns related to workplace safety, we can help put your mind at rest. Katherine is a knowledgeable legal counselor and has worked on many cases. She has years of experience with cases involving personal injury, workers’ compensation, and other areas of the law. Schedule a free consultation by phone, email, or text message today!