10 Tips to help prevent Workplace Injuries

One of the best ways to avoid having navigate the minefield that is a workers compensation claim is to avoid getting hurt at work in the first place.  According to workers-comp-news.com, 165 Americans die each and every day from an occupational disease, and another 18 die from a work-related injury.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  Here are 10 quick tips that will help to keep you safe on the job:

  1. When you are lifting heavy objects, make sure to lift with your legs and knees, and not your back (how many times have we heard that?)
  2. Never twist your body while lifting something heavy.
  3. When sitting for long periods, make sure to take breaks every hour to get up and stretch.
  4. Reduce the amount of overhead work you must do by using a lift to get you closer to what you need to do.
  5. When you are picking up or setting down an object, make sure not to reach more than 10 inches from your body.
  6. Whenever possible, use ergonomically designed tools that are designed to fit the hand, body and job.
  7. Avoid overexerting yourself.  Many workplace injuries are caused when workers are tired, stressed or both.  If things are getting to tough for you, take a break.
  8. Drink plenty of fluids – especially when working in the hot sun.  Soda’s don’t count – make sure that you are drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  9. If you sit at a desk most of the day, make sure your chair is comfortable and the correct height.
  10. If you do see any unsafe conditions, make sure to report them to your supervisor immediately.  If your employer won’t do anything to fix it, you should contact your state workplace safety administration.

Thanks to workers-comp-news.com for providing some of the tips that were used in this post.