Every job – from the most active to the most desk-bound – can lead to serious, debilitating injury. If you carry heavy objects, perform repetitive actions or fail to wear the appropriate safety gear, you could leave yourself open to workplace injury.
The best prevention is to be healthy. Get enough sleep. Manage your stress. Eat a healthy diet and manage your weight. Stay active.
Take action to avoid injury
You can take several actions to avoid injury at work.
To lift a heavy object properly:
- Spread your feet to give your body wide support
- Bend at the knees, not the waist
- Hold the object as close to your body as possible
- Lift slowly using the muscles in your hips and knees
- Do not bend forward or twist your back
- Squat as you set the object down using the muscles in your knees and hips
- If the object is too heavy, get help
When you’re on the job, always wear appropriate safety gear such as earplugs, safety goggles, work gloves, a hard hat and steel-toed shoes.
Repetitive motion disorders
Working at a desk can bring its own problems. Repetitive motion disorders come from any repeated motion at a desk or on the factory line. They can include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cyst
- Trigger finger
To alleviate these issues, arrange your work area to fit your body. Stretch before you start. Sit or stand up straight while you work. Keep tools within easy reach of your workspace. Take five-minute breaks often to stretch and refocus your concentration. Change your work position frequently.
Nobody wants to be injured on the job. It’s smart to avoid any potential injuries before they happen, but when they do, you should seek medical aid immediately, notify your employer and contact a qualified, experienced attorney to make sure all your workers’ compensation needs are covered.