Injury Prevention Basics for the Employee

Injury prevention is essential not just for companies, but also for the employees within a company. Individuals can help limit injury in the workplace, at home, and during physical activities. These seven points will help you as an individual decrease your chance of injury. 

 1. Regular Exercise

  • Engage in regular physical activity such as resistance training or cardio to build strength, flexibility, and balance, which can reduce the risk of injuries during daily activities. 

  • Exercise is crucial to maintain a healthy body and helps your muscular and cardiovascular health.

2. Avoid Overexertion

  • Pace yourself during physically demanding tasks and take breaks when needed.

  • Make sure not to lift, push, pull, or carry loads more than you can handle.

3. Adequate Rest

  • Ensure that you get sufficient sleep, usually 6-8 hours, to prevent fatigue-related injuries.

  • Adequate rest is also essential for staying awake and alert while working and driving.

4. Hygiene and Safety Awareness

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands and using gloves to prevent the spread of infections to family and co-workers.

  • In workplaces and homes, maintain clean and organized walkways to reduce the amount of trip hazards.

5. Proper Nutrition and Hydration

  • Maintain a healthy diet of whole foods with plenty of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and grains. Limit sugar and processed foods.

  • Stay hydrated to support overall physical health and reduce the risk of injuries caused by fatigue or weakness.

6. Stress Management

  • Use stress management and relaxation techniques to lower your stress and reduce stress-related injuries and illnesses.

7. Safe Driving Practices

  • Use safe driving tactics such as obeying traffic laws, avoiding distractions, and using seat belts while driving.

  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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.