Accidents and injuries happen on the job, but there are plenty of things that you can do to reduce the risk of being injured while you are at work. Here are eight things you can do to reduce the likelihood that you will be injured on the job.
Know the Hazards
Identify ways that you can be injured on the job. Make sure that you know about any hazards or risks that are part of your job or your workplace.
We know this is easier said than done, but when we are under stress, it often undermines our thought processes and makes us more prone to accidents. Common causes of stress are conflicts with bosses or coworkers, insecurity about your job and an overwhelming workload.
Fatigue can be the result of chronic stress. It can also be the result of long hours, not taking breaks or not getting enough sleep at home. Fatigue can lead to depression and problems with concentration. Get enough sleep and make sure to take breaks.
Don’t Twist or Stoop to Lift Objects
Twisting and stooping while carrying anything is almost a guarantee of back problems at some point in your career. While most injuries come from heavy objects, even a light object can provide leverage with which to injure yourself. Always bend your knees and face forward while lifting anything.
Use Mechanical Aids
If you can put something on wheels, do it. Also, try to use conveniences such as a forklift, conveyor belt or crane whenever possible.
Watch Your Back
In addition to remembering not to twist or stoop when lifting objects, always try to carry any heavy object close to your body, reducing its leverage while increasing yours. Remember to lift with your thigh muscles.
Use Protective Equipment When Provided
Whenever any protective equipment such as earmuffs, earplugs, safety goggles, a hard hat, a mask or gloves are provided, make sure to use them.
Stay Clean and Sober
Don’t drink or use drugs while at work. They are a factor in approximately 3% of workplace fatalities and probably a higher percentage of non-fatal accidents.