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Repetitive Strain Injury

Many people tend to do the same tasks day in and day out at work. However, this can potentially lead to a repetitive strain injury. It can be hard to do your work when dealing with one of these injuries. Therefore, it's important to know what to look for, and how to avoid them... Repetitive Strain Injury What they are A repetitive stain injury, like the name implies, is a type of strain that happens due to repeated motions. This can include both those done at work, and those done at home. In general, these injuries tend to effect soft tissue, like muscles and nerves. Doctors also refer to these injuries as overuse syndrome and cumulative trauma disorders. There's many kinds of injuries which fall under this category. For example, carpal tunnel is one of the most common repetitive injuries. Tennis elbow is also another common injury, as well as tendinitis. Even shin splints can be due to repetitive strain! Causes [...]

By | January 4th, 2020|

Mechanic Safety: Good Procedure

Just like in auto shops, mechanics also need to be careful when working. In fact, due to how many mechanics work alone, it's especially important that they stay safe. Practicing good mechanic safety procedure isn't too hard. Rather, there's a few areas one has to focus on... Mechanic Safety: Good Procedure Lift safely Good lifting practices are important for mechanic safety. Car parts tend to be pretty heavy and not that easy to move around. If you try to lift something that's too heavy, then it could cause a serious injury. Plus, you'll be at more risk to drop whatever it is you're moving, which could also hurt you. As a result, you should use of tools and equipment which can help lift and move these objects. Things like dollies or hand carts are very useful, even if you're just moving something a short distance. You can also make use of small cranes and hooks to lift the very heavy parts, [...]

By | January 2nd, 2020|

Tripping Hazards: Common Causes

Keeping proper footing is important for moving around the workplace safely. However, tripping hazards can get in the way of this. Not only can they cause you to drop anything you're carrying, but you could also get hurt from the fall. Therefore, it's important to know what commonly causes people to trip and how to avoid them... Tripping Hazards: Common Causes Loose cables Loose and uncovered cables are some of the most common tripping hazards. In fact, it's pretty simple to see why. Tangling your foot up in a cable makes it very easy to lose your balance and trip. Plus, this could also cause you to pull down whatever the cables are attached too, accidentally causing more damage in the process. Also, pretty much every workplace has some kind of cables or wires in them. Even if you work in an office, you have to watch for things like computer or internet cables. As a result, most workplaces try to [...]

By | December 28th, 2019|

Natural Gas Safety: Steps To Take

Natural gases are very useful, and used in many different kinds of work environments. However, they can also be quite dangerous if used improperly. As a result, it's important to practice good natural gas safety. Doing so will ensure you keep yourself safe when you need to use it... Natural Gas Safety: Steps To Take Avoid open flames One of the core aspects of natural gas safety is watching for flames. Many workplaces will use this gas as a fuel source, due to how combustible it is. For instance, a restaurant might use it to fuel their grills. Other places might use it to power generators and other pieces of equipment. Still, these are all done under controlled circumstances. If outside flames or sparks get into contact with the gas, then it could cause a massive reaction. That's why you want to make sure there's no open flames in an area that usually has gas in it. This will help you [...]

By | December 24th, 2019|

Lone Worker Safety: Proper Steps

At most jobs, you'll be doing your work with or around other people. However, there might be times where you find yourself working alone. In these situations, it's important to practice good lone worker safety techniques. That way, you can stay safe, even when by yourself... Lone Worker Safety: Proper Steps Follow all safety procedures Lone worker safety is all about minimizing risks. After all, the biggest risk here is not just hurting yourself, but also not having anyone around to help. Therefore, you need to make sure you're as safe as you can be. This means following all safety procedures, even for those tasks you've done plenty of times. In fact, there's a lot of high risk activities we do all the time that we rarely think about. For instance, take using a ladder to climb up to someplace high. A fall could result in serious injury, especially in the back. This can become a very serious situation if you're [...]

By | December 21st, 2019|

Moving Materials: Avoiding Accidents

Moving materials around the workplace is a pretty common task. However, it's also a common source of accidents. Therefore, it helps to know how you can best move things around safely, especially for those more-risky materials... Moving Materials: Avoiding Accidents Clear a path Before moving materials around, you want to make sure you have a clear path to do so. Tripping over loose items is an easy way to drop whatever it is you're moving. Not only that, but it could also create a new hazard in the process. Even if you're using something like a forklift, having things block your path can cause you problems. Therefore, it helps to take a moment and check the path you're going to take. Look for anything which could trip you up, such as tools or wires, and move them out of the way if possible. Plus, for future trips, you can try to place some signage letting others know to keep these walkways [...]

By | December 19th, 2019|

Portable Ladders: Avoiding Falls

Many different workplaces make use of portable ladders due to their handiness and ease of use. However, ladders are also a common source of workplace injuries. Therefore, it's important to know how you can avoid falls when using them yourself... Portable Ladders: Avoiding Falls Pick the right one Not all portable ladders are the same. In fact, there are five different classes of ladders! Each of these ladders are intended to be used for specific situations. As a result, they all have different weight tolerances. Using the wrong type of ladder for the job could cause it to fail, and result in a fall. Type III ladders are good for standard, light duty work. Type II ladders work well for medium duty commercial work. Then, the Type I ladders are for heavy duty work, usually industrial-based. Finally, the Type IA and type IAA ladders are for extra-heavy duty work, and specialty duty work, respectively. Ensure the ladder is secure You also [...]

By | December 14th, 2019|

Desk Stretches: Why They Help

A lot of jobs have people working at desks for extended periods of time. However, eventually they may run into issues and injury. Therefore, it helps to practice some desk stretches. These stretches can help reduce the strain placed on your muscles... Desk Stretches: Why They Help Minimizing strain The real benefit that comes from desk stretches is how they help minimize strain. Over time, as you sit and work at your desk, your body tends to not move very much. As a result, this leads to a lot of tension on your muscles, and can cause them to get strained. It's this strain which then leads to injury as you do it every day. Therefore, you want to reduce this strain as best you can. Taking a 5-10 minute break every hour is one way to do this. During this break, it's a good idea to get up, walk around a bit, and give your eyes a break from the [...]

By | December 12th, 2019|

Chronic Pain: Alternative Treatments

Sometimes, after an injury at the workplace, you might have to deal with chronic pain. This pain can make it hard to function as you did before. However, some people are wary of the common treatment for this pain, opioid painkillers. Rather, there are some alternatives they like to use... Chronic Pain: Alternative Treatments Acupuncture Many people see acupuncture as a bit of an odd practice. After all, can sticking needles in your body really help with chronic pain? As it turns out, it apparently can. Not only can it help with this type of pain, but is also can help with things like arthritis and fibromyalgia. How the process exactly works is up for debate. Many of those involved in the practice believe it helps to "even out" energy levels in the body. Other professionals think it stimulates endorphins in the body, which lower pain. Either way, it has helped others manage their pain, and it can potentially help you [...]

By | December 7th, 2019|

Sun Exposure: Keep Yourself Safe

As the weather gets colder, heat doesn’t become too much of an issue for many workers. However, if you find yourself doing a lot of work outside, you still need to be careful about sun exposure. Too much exposure can be dangerous, even when you don’t feel the heat… Sun Exposure: Keep Yourself Safe Sunscreen When most people think of protecting themselves from sun exposure, they think about sunscreen or sunblock. Contrary to popular belief, these aren’t actually the same thing! While they both protect your body from harmful UV rays, the way that they do so is actually quite different. Sunscreen works by mixing in with the skin and absorbing the UV rays that your skin would usually absorb. Meanwhile, sunblock creates a layer over the skin and reflects the rays back away from the skin. However, either one will work for your needs. Just be sure to get ones which are waterproof and broad-spectrum for the best protection. Sunglasses [...]

By | December 6th, 2019|