How To Avoid Hurting Yourself At Work

February 22, 2019

One injury in the workplace can have a hugeimpact on the rest of your life, not to mention the business itself and the other people who are working there and who may have witnessed your accident at the time. Although accidents, by their very nature, are not always possible to prevent, there are some things you can do to avoid hurting yourself at work, making it a much safer place to be, and easier to get on with the jobs you should be doing. Here are some of the ways to do it:

Read The Safety and Wellness Plan 

Some workplace injuries are minor, and others are much more serious and could even mean that you need to claim compensation through due to time missed from work, for example. It is important to avoid all kinds of accidents, no matter what the outcome might be, and that is where your company’s safety and wellness plan will be useful. 

This document, assuming that it exists in your organization, will set out all the important points that you need to be aware of when it comes and the health and safety requirements within your office or warehouse space. If there is no such plan, ask your employer to make one, as it will help everyone to be safer in the workplace. 


Taking part in training at work can certainly help you to avoid hurting yourself. Knowing, for example, how to use the heavy machinery, drive the work vehicles, or lift heavy objects will mean you are much less likely to damage yourself when taking part in these activities. Even if you feel you already know what you would be taught during this training you should join in; new guidance may have been introduced, and even if the information is the same, it is good to refresh your memory once in a while. 

Use Protective Clothing 

It might not be the most fashionable attire, but protective clothing is important. Something like heavy duty gloves, a hard hat, high visibility clothing, and more is there for a reason, and should always be worn when it is provided. 

If it is not provided, that does not mean that it is not necessary, and if you feel that there should be protective clothing and also safety equipment in the workplace, this needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Do not do any work without the right safety equipment and clothing. 

Keep Fit 

Muscle strain is a common workplace injury and can happen so easily, just a twist in the wrong direction, and you can be in pain for days. The fitter you are outside of work, the less likely you are to hurt yourself through muscle strain. 

Going to the gym to work out regularly or exercising at home if you prefer, will help to prevent many different injuries, including those that relate to muscle strain, both at home and in work. Not only will you get healthier, but you will also be less prone to physical pain and damage too. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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