Whether you have three children and a mortgage, or rent for your one bedroom apartment to worry about, it always seems like you are making ends meat. Can you imagine getting hurt and not being able to work? The website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC describe the reality of the situation well by saying, “Right when their wages have been cut, they are suddenly met with staggering medical bills.”

There are safety nets through worker compensation that are extremely useful when necessary, but avoiding an injury makes for a lot less stress. Here’s how you can keep yourself injury free in the workplace.

Make sure you are getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Yes, this has been reiterated to you countless times throughout your life, but that’s because it is just that important. In regards to workplace safety specifically, 18% of all workplace injuries are due solely to overtired employees. Lack of sleep can have the same effects as drinking alcohol, such as slow reaction times and impaired judgment, so put sufficient amount of sleep on the same level of importance as not having a beer for breakfast.

Don’t do heavy lifting if you don’t have to. It is easy to assume a box of files cannot do any damage, but excessive lifting is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. Your office most likely has carts, or at least someone that goes to the gym more often than you, so utilize your resources. If you must do heavy lifting, make sure it is no more than 50 pounds and that you keep the object and your elbows close to your body.

If there are certain pieces of machinery that you are not sure how to use, or that you think might be hazardous even when used properly, let your boss know immediately. It is important to not only keep yourself safe, but also your fellow co-workers.


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