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Reducing Workplace Injuries - 10 tips that employees can follow

Julie Copeland

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Every seven seconds a U.S. worker is injured on the job.  Workplace injuries cost employers about $1 billion a week in payments to injured workers and their medical care providers. Worker's compensation is the second-highest business expense after payroll.  As a manager and business owner you have now implemented a safety program and are doing all the right things to keep your employees safe.  Today we are offering 10 tips to pass on to your employees so that they can share in the responsibility of staying safe.


  1. When you are lifting heavy objects, make sure to lift with your legs and knees…NOT YOUR BACK;
  2. Never twist your body while lifting something heavy;
  3. When sitting for long periods, make sure to take breaks every hour to get up and stretch.
  4. Reduce the amount of overhead work you must do by using a proper lift to get you closer to what you need to do;
  5. When you are picking up or setting down an object, make sure not to reach more than 10 inches from your body;
  6. Whenever possible, use ergonomically designed tools that are designed to fit the hand, body and job;
  7. Avoid overexerting yourself.  Many workplace injuries are caused when workers are tired, stressed or both.  Take your breaks;
  8. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.  Water and heat stress beverages work best…SOFT DRINKS DON’T COUNT.
  9. If you sit at a desk most of the day, make sure your chair is comfortable and the correct height.

10. If you do see any unsafe conditions, make sure to report them to your supervisor immediately. 

 We at Arbill hope you have enjoyed this week’s series on reducing workplace accidents and injuries. Accidents and Injuries cost more than just lives.  Subscribe to Arbill Safety BLOG so you’re notified when our next posts are published! What’s the topic for next week? How to Better Manage Your Tool Crib. Have a good weekend and stay safe.

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