How To Prevent Workplace Injuries

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By Dr. Kevin Bloom
Published on October 3, 2013
Prevent injuries with our workplace safety tips.

Prevent injuries with our workplace safety tips.

 

There are hundreds of work-related injuries every year.   Most of these injuries can ultimately be prevented.  The following list encompasses a number of workplace safety tips:

  • When lifting, keep your back straight and lift with your legs.  Try to avoid twisting while lifting.  Keep the object(s) close to your body.  Make sure you have a clear path when walking (and lifting).  Lift with both hands.
  • If the object is too heavy to lift, get help.
  • Take short breaks with repetitive movements.
  • Change positions with repetitive postures.
  • Do not climb a ladder that is not secure or wobbly.
  • If walking on elevated platforms, roofs, or other higher level surfaces, make sure to stay focused.
  • Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear when on the job site.
  • Obey all safety signs.
  • Always wear a hard hat if there is the potential for objects to fall.
  • Be alert to potential hazards.  As an example, cords and hoses are potential tripping hazards.
  • Only use machines that you are trained and authorized to use.
  • Do not take shortcuts.  Follow all appropriate steps and rules.