On our website, it is unsurprisingly expected to see articles of accidents at work and how you can claim for 100% compensation. We know that accident at work injuries happen quite frequently around the country, but right now we going to have a look at five ways you can prevent injuries at work. We hope it helps people to avoid having to suffer discomfort and harm.
Contrary to what some people believe, a workplace injury does not only occur if you do heavy lifting or there is a big bulky object involved. We have settled many workplace claims where the claimants did not have a physically demanding profession or work.
Employed to sit at a desk all day can still cause injuries. It may appear to be a simple thing to do but it can have a detrimental effect on your posture and mobility. Even operating a keyboard and mouse can be a cause of chronic injuries, and it impacts your ability to work effectively in the long term.
“Here online we have put together 5 ways to avoid serious injuries at work and to help you to improve your health.”
Work duties that demands any physical activity is fine, but it is important that you do not repeat the task repetitively for too long. With so many jobs having duties that recur over and over again, you may find that in your role you may execute a definite number of repetitions per work day.
With a high number of repetitions in completing repeat tasks combined with risk factors such as awkward positions and use of high levels of energy, there is a greater chance of severe injuries. A rotation time of a task which is half a minute or less, is contemplated as extreme by health professionals.
You can compensate for the heavy repetitiveness by scheduling a break in between tasks to reduce the risk of injuries. We found that many claimants who claimed compensation for workplace injury had been overworked and had not paused at the intended intervals. We recommend that you time your work carefully to reduce the impact of repetitive chores.
Productivity is always high when a person is comfortable and keeps good practice in maintaining a good posture. Working whilst keeping a bad posture can hinder your work efficiency and it increases the risk of injury.
Make sure that you keep your body and posture comfortable during work. This applies to both desk roles and those jobs that require substantially more effort. Overworking muscles and joints whilst working, is likely to lead to enduring injuries which you may not completely recover from. Allow plenty of time for your muscles to recuperate before it is too late.
To remain healthy, using ergonomically friendly furniture at work will reduce the chances of chronic illnesses. Ensure that the equipment and the environment are designed with humans in mind and is comfortable without straining any part of your body. This means that you should be able to sit at a desk and everything is easily within reach. For example, the monitor is at the right height to view comfortably, keyboard and mouse in accessible range, and seat adjusted so that your posture is straight.
Did you know that back pain can be caused by prolonged inactivity while sat on an office chair? It can lead to a chronic pain if not managed. A static posture gradually escalates pressure on many parts of the body, such as the spine, back, shoulders, legs and arms. A back pain will develop over time with inactivity or it can worsen an existing problem.
Sat at a desk for long periods tend to make a majority of people to slouch in the office chair. This movement is injurious to the spine and increases back pain as the ligaments are overstretched and there is excessive stress to the spine and back region.
Being active in the office is important to decrease the chances of back injury. There are many guides and recommendations on the web that can offer simple activities that you can do subtly at work. At the same time remember to keep the correct sitting position to reduce the pressures on the body. There are many ergonomic chairs that claim to help and it is important that you try before you buy to get a suitable one for your workplace.
“Being inactive at a desk job can still cause back injury even if you are observing the correct posture.”
It is never a good idea to work for long periods of time without resting. Research has shown that a five minute pause after working for 60 minutes aids relaxation and recovery of muscles. It is recommended that you stretch your muscles after functioning for an hour. This will diminish the tightness and soreness that you often feel after working long hours.
Use the opportunity to get a drink to have a short break which will keep you active and relieve the stress on certain parts of the body. Taking a short walk in your office space can stretch your legs and help to prevent injury from tight muscles. Rest your eyes and your hands as well if you are straining them in your job.
Being educated about dangers and injuries at work combined with tips to avoid it happening to you or others is a helpful practice in prevention. It will reduce the claims for compensation at work. It can change poor working practices and reduce risk factors as organisations take heed.
Motivational posters are a good way to promote good working practices which can inspire employees to take breaks and be active with some really creative messages. Being a cost effective method to micromanage staff to follow an ethos or apply good practice at work, it is becoming commonly used as a reinforced approach.
“Raising awareness is compared to helping for the purpose of encouraging an affected party to fix things.”
Do you work where you have to depend on electricity or electrical components? Electricity can expose you to injuries through electrocution which can be fatal. Use multi-meters or current meters to check amperage and voltage on a regular basis to identify leakage or short circuit. Most employers will have annual inspections in place to satisfy the Act regulating the use of electrical appliances at work. Find out if your employer has covered their liabilities, and raise awareness if required.
So there you have it, 5 tips to improve the chances of effectively avoiding any injury or harm at work, whether you have a desk job or a more physically demanding role. Be safe or if it is too late and you feel that your employer has been negligent, then get in touch for a discussion to see if you have a claim for your injury or accident.Send Details To Assess For Negligence
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