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How to prevent workplace injuries

Work accidents can occur in the blink of an eye for causes of different types. For this reason, the best way to prevent them is to take into account, at all times, certain principles and protocols that will help us stay safe and secure, especially in those cases in which we are carrying out high-risk work.

Tips to prevent injuries at work:

Follow safety protocols: You should be aware of the guidelines and protocols established by your employer and adhere to them at all times to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries.

Use personal protective equipment (PPE): Whenever the safety protocol provides, use the appropriate PPE for your job, such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots. Make sure they fit correctly and are in good condition.

Maintain a clean and organized workspace: Keep your work area clean and free of clutter. This helps reduce the risk of tripping, slipping, or falling.

Lift Objects Properly: When lifting heavy objects, use proper lifting techniques. Bend your knees, keep your back straight, and lift with your legs to avoid stress or back injury.

Take regular breaks: Avoid overexertion by taking breaks throughout the day. Some companies use the so-called “active break” from time to time during the workday, during which time the staff does deep breathing and relaxation exercises. This helps prevent muscle fatigue and reduces the chances of accidents due to exhaustion.

Report the Hazards: If you notice any potential hazards in the workplace, such as faulty equipment, exposed wiring, or slippery surfaces, report them immediately to your supervisor. Quick action can prevent accidents from happening.

Keep ergonomics in mind: Make sure your workplace is ergonomically designed to reduce stress on your body. Position your chair, desk, and computer monitor so that you can maintain proper posture and avoid repetitive stress injuries.

It is important to remember that workplace safety is a collective effort. By following these tips and fostering a culture of safety, you can help prevent personal injuries on the job.