6 Tips for Injury Prevention in the Workplace

As a company, it is important to implement the proper safety measures to keep your employees safe. Injury prevention is essential in any setting, whether it's the workplace, home, or during physical activities.

Here are some general workplace injury prevention strategies:

1. Safety Education and Training

    • Ensure that all individuals are trained in safety procedures and are aware of potential hazards.

    • Regularly conduct safety training sessions and ensure that employees understand and follow safety protocols.

2. Proper Ergonomics

    • Ensure that workstations and equipment are ergonomically designed to reduce strain and discomfort. An ergonomic program provided by ErgoWorks can improve workstation and equipment design. 

    • At home, set up your workspace, including your computer desk and chair in an ergonomic manner to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • Use the appropriate PPE for the task at hand, whether it's safety goggles, helmets, gloves, or other protective gear.

    • Ensure PPE is in good condition and fits employees properly.

4. Safe Lifting Techniques

    • Teach employees to use proper lifting techniques to avoid strains and back injuries.

    • Bend at the hips, keep your head up, and lift to your beltline to keep the object close to your body.

5. Fall Prevention

    • Install safety railings, non-slip flooring, and safety gates in areas where falls are a hazard.

    • Use fall arrest systems like harnesses and lifelines when working at heights.

6. Early Reporting Procedures 

    • Encourage employees to report early signs of injury, unsafe conditions or near misses so that corrective actions can be taken.

Remember, injury prevention is an ongoing effort that requires the active participation of management, employees, and all staff. Regular assessments, training, and safety measures are crucial for maintaining a safe environment.

About the author

Beth Mayotte

As the owner of ErgoWorks, I have the treasured opportunity to work with companies to provide onsite injury prevention and ergonomics. I am a licensed Occupational Therapist and certified in Industrial Ergonomics. With experience in work conditioning, Functional Capacity Evaluations, return to work programming, post offer testing, and job analysis, I can help employers determine the best use of their time and money to decrease costs in health care utilization and work comp costs. As a Minnesota company that specializes in this industry, ErgoWorks has garnered the recognition and respect of the Twin Cities to prevent injuries for our clients.