Make safety your priority
Working at a labor-intensive job can be strenuous on your employee’s bodies. It is important that workplace safety is always the number one priority. But no matter what, accidents, unfortunately, still happen. Employees who are regularly overhead lifting, squatting to pick up big boxes or objects, or something similar to these, may become less cautious as they perform their job duties. It is crucial that preventative measures are always practiced so that bad accidents don’t happen causing an employee to head to an emergency room or U.S. HealthWorks Urgent Care center.
Tips when lifting
Strains and sprains are some of the most common injuries at physically demanding jobs that involve lifting, pushing, and overreaching. A few U.S. HealthWorks tips for employers to promote to employees are:
- Lifting correctly means bending at the knees and lifting, not with your back.
- Carry loads close to the body. Lifting something away from your body can be uncomfortable.
- Keep as many of the loads at waist level as possible. Try to avoid lifting too high.
- If something is too heavy don’t lift it! Try to break it up into lighter loads. If you can’t, get help from a machine or another employee.
- Change up your work positions. Chronic strain can occur when you do repetitive motion over and over again.
- Stretch to increase flexibility. You should see a major difference in your body when lifting after stretching.
- Take breaks and take walks, Your body needs time to heal and relax otherwise it can become strained making it difficult to do much, let alone lift heavy objects.
It is crucial that employees take the above list seriously, otherwise strains and sprains could happen frequently.
Do the best you can
U.S. HealthWorks for employers strives to help you avoid work related incidents; however, they are inevitable. The best you can do is try and prevent them. And if they still happen, U.S. HealthWorks provides excellent occupational medicine. If your workers get injured, with U.S. HealthWorks your employees will be receiving all the treatment they need to quickly return to work. It is our goal at U.S. HealthWorks to make sure your employees have a speedy recovery, while keeping your costs down.
Sources: Avoiding Sprains and Strains to Ensure Workplace Safety, www.texasmedclinic.com