Taking Preventative Measures to Protect Yourself From an Injury at Work
As a construction worker, you work in one of the most dangerous industries. You spend your days on your feet, lifting and carrying heavy objects and working with tools, materials, and machinery that can potentially injure you or another worker. You are at risk of suffering two different types of injury: acute injuries suffered in accidents like cuts and broken bones, and overexertion injuries from prolonged stress on your back, your joints, and your muscles.
The good news is this: you can take preventative measures to reduce your chance of being injured in a workplace accident or suffering an overexertion injury. Reducing your chance of being injured in an accident simply requires you to take safety precautions while you work, like wearing protective gear, handling heavy equipment properly, and inspecting equipment before you use it. Reducing your chance of suffering an overexertion injury requires you to make smaller changes to how you perform your work each day.
Tech Inventions to Reduce Overexertion Injuries
There have been many technological advances in the field of injury prevention over the past few decades. One example is the StrongArm ErgoSkeleton, which supports workers’ spines to help them lift and carry heavy objects without putting as much stress on their bodies as they normally would. This device also forces its wearer to comply with OSHA’s lifting guidelines, helping him or her reduce the chance of injury.
You can also make use of equipment like back braces and heavy gloves while working to reduce your chance of suffering an injury. Consider wearing a knee brace to reduce the stress on your knees when lifting and carrying heavy items. Always be sure to wear sturdy, non-slip shoes to reduce your chance of slipping and falling.
Make Small Changes for Safety
In addition to wearing special gear to protect yourself at work, making small changes to how you work can make a significant impact on the stress you feel while working. For example, work with a partner to team lift heavy objects. That way, neither person bears all the weight of the object. Stretch before you begin your work and after and be sure to take short breaks throughout the day to rest, stretch, and drink water.
Lift with your legs, not with your back. To do this, bend your knees and then stand again to lift, using your thigh muscles to lift your body and the object you are carrying, rather than your back muscles.
Work with an Experienced New York Construction Accident Attorney
All the preventative measures in the world cannot completely eliminate your chance of being injured on the job. If you are suffering from an injury that occurred at work, either as the result of an accident or as the result of overuse of a specific body part, you can seek compensation for your damages through a construction accident claim. To learn more, schedule your initial consultation with experienced construction accident attorney Robert A. Koenigsberg.