Research indicates that the most common workplace injuries across all industries are repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), falls, overexertion and road accidents.
Thankfully, such injuries can be avoided by following a few simple steps:
- RSIs: To avoid RSIs, make sure your desk and chair are adjusted so that there is sufficient lumbar support. This helps prevent back pain. Also, make sure your wrists are pointing straight forward and are in alignment with your forearms to prevent wrist pain.
- Falls: Although it may be difficult to completely prevent trips and falls, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk. For example, ensure that floors are clear of obstructions, and clean up spills quickly.If you work on ladders, scaffolding or rooftops, make sure you understand the risks of working at a height, and request health and safety training if you haven’t received it.
- Overexertion: Pushing, pulling and any other type of movement that may cause overexertion is usually associated with employees who handle heavy loads at work. Before handling something heavy, assess whether you may need help from other employees. Don’t try and move heavy loads on your own.
When you move something large and heavy, ensure that your body is positioned properly, with your hands and feet at a shoulder-width distance apart. Use gradual force when pushing or lifting something to avoid back strain. Lift with your legs, not your back.
- Road accidents: If you drive as part of your job, you can prevent injuries and fatalities on the road by reviewing ’s safe driving policy and completing road safety training. Doing so can ensure that you are fully aware of the best practices when it comes to road safety and know what to do in an emergency.
If you notice anything that could pose as a potential workplace hazard, please report it to your manager immediately so it can be addressed promptly.
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