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Occupational Injuries

Occupational-InjuriesEmployers are obligated to maintain a safe workplace for their employees, but many fail to do so, and workers are injured every year as a result. Occupational injuries account for many millions of working days lost each year in Britain. Whether your work is in the office or outside on the land you need to be able to cope with the indidivual demands made on your body by the style of work you do.

One of the most common causes of workplace injury is defective or hazardous equipment. Workplace injuries happen in many different contexts. Any of the following types of workplace injuries can seriously and permanently compromise your ability to work and live normally.

Falls and Other Traumatic Injuries – Falls are common among construction workers, miners and factory employees. Many construction accidents involve falls from defective ladders or scaffoldings.

Repetitive Motion Injuries – Repetitive motion injuries are the result of performing one characteristics movement over and over. For instance, many workers who spend their days typing at a computer keyboard without proper protection suffer carpel tunnel syndrome, rendering many incapable of continuing to type for long periods.

Repetitive Motion – Workers whose jobs require them to perform one or more characteristic repetitive motions are a risk of injury.

Motor Vehicle Mishaps – Motor vehicles are integral to many peoples jobs and where there are motor vehicles there is always a risk. These accidents may be caused by reckless drivers or by equipment malfunctions.

If your occupation involves a lot of driving, the correct setting of your car seat is imperative. A bad driving position can affect not only your back, neck and shoulders but also can affect hips, knees and feet.

There is much advice and information on how to look after and protect your back against occupational stress.

Top Tips
• Frequent short breaks away from the desk and computer will avoid back, neck and eye strain.
• Make sure if you are driving that you make time to stop, get out and do some brisk exercise for a few minutes every so often on a long journey.
• When lifting at work judge whether you can do this safely or whether you need help.  Never be afraid to ask for assistance.

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