Best Practices to Prevent Workplace Injuries

Does your job require constant lifting, operating heavy machinery, or working with flammable liquids? If so, you might be at risk for injury. The same goes for those who spend long hours at a desk. Neck strain, backaches, tendonitis, and stress injuries are common among office workers.

The truth is that every workplace has its hazards. About 65 percent of fall-related injuries, for instance, occur on same-level walking surfaces. Each year, over one million Americans suffer a fall, trip, or slip. These accidents can result in serious injuries and hefty medical bills.

To stay safe, consider the following practices at the workplace:

Wear Appropriate Equipment

Wear protective equipment whenever you’re operating heavy machines. Retractable lifelines, lanyards, hard hats, face shields, and harnesses are required for a reason. Their role is to protect against injury and minimize the impact of a fall.

Even if you’re not operating a heavy machine but working in an area with heavy hydraulics, mobile cranes, or excavators, you still to be properly equipped. Safety goggles, for instance, will protect your eyes from flying objects.

Know the Hazards

Make sure you have a good understanding of the hazards associated with your workplace. Ask or read about the most common work-related injuries in your field and take the steps needed to prevent them. Also, review safety procedures for equipment.

Construction workers, for example, are prone to burns and scarring, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, fractures, and cuts. Stress injuries are common too because of the repetitive motion involved. In case you notice any signs of injury, consult a physiotherapist. He can diagnose and treat your problem in early stages before it gets worse.

Take Regular Breaks

Whether you’re working in an office or on a construction site, take short breaks every hour. Standing or sitting for hours can lead to back and neck pain, postural problems, tight muscles, and reduced mobility. Furthermore, prolonged sitting may increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and premature death.

If you have an office job, stay active throughout the day. Take a walk during lunch break, move around the office every 30 minutes, and avoid sitting for hours. Also, consider switching to an ergonomic workstation to prevent back pain and other related problems.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Picking up and carrying heavy loads puts stress on your back. It may cause both short and long-term problems, such as herniated discs, sciatica, chronic back pain, broken bones, and more. Using proper lifting techniques is crucial for preventing injuries.

First of all, keep your head up and look straightforward. The load should be as close to your body as possible; this will lower your risk of strains and sprains to your back, arms, and shoulders. Avoid rounding your back. Use your feet, not your torso, to change direction.

Stay Safe at Work

Most workplace injuries are preventable. Take adequate safety measures to avoid accidents and keep your body functioning optimally. If you experience pain or other symptoms for days in a row, consider seeing a physiotherapist. He will determine the root cause of your problem and develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

At Back to Heath, we have years of experience in physical and operational therapy. We use the latest equipment and procedures to address sports injuries, chronic pain, neurological conditions, and work injuries in Brooklyn. Call us today at 888-312-5764 to schedule an appointment and see how we can help.

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