Injuries at work

Workplace injuries are very common and can happen in almost every industry. Slips, trips, falls, lacerations, eye injury, burns, and the list goes on. The most important tools you have to keep yourself safe are to know the risks and follow the safety guidelines of your workplace. For construction and industrial workers, this is even more important because an accident in those industries could end fatally.

Most workplaces have their own policies on safety and protocols for what happens when someone does get hurt. Familiarize yourself with these protocols and know your worker rights. If you do get injured on the job, be sure to alert your supervisor as soon as possible and if needed seek medical attention.

It is important to know the difference between an emergency that requires immediate medical attention and a minor injury that can be taken care of with first aid. Safety supervisors or other managers can help administer first aid, or there are a host of other mobile first aid services that will come to the injured worker and administer first aid. Remember it is always your right to determine whether you want to seek medical attention or not.

Applying for worker’s compensation may be necessary depending on the severity of your injury. If you plan on filing worker’s comp claim, inform your employer immediately. They are required to give you a claim form immediately. Be sure to fill out the Employee section of the form and return it to your employer as soon as possible. Keep a copy of the form for your records. After your claim is verified by the state, you should start receiving your allotted benefits.

For more information about workplace injuries check back with our blog. We update regularly and try to give the most up to date and helpful information possible.

Arthritis at Work

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in adults in the US. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis affects over 31 million Americans. Arthritis in the workplace is a problem many people face with jobs requiring repetitive motion, like office workers and carpenters. While most people are not aware that these motions can lead to a debilitating disease like arthritis, there are some who are taking precautions to avoid future symptoms. The below-listed article gives many great examples of how you can protect yourself from arthritis on the job or how to ease arthritis pain while working. Things, like taking frequent brakes and stretching, are helpful in the fight against chronic work-related arthritis. For more information about how you can protect yourself, check out our links on dealing with work-related arthritis, osteoarthritis.

Helpful arthritis related articles.

Workplace Stretching

Stretching in the workplace is usually seen as a benefit to employees, giving them time to potentially prevent musculoskeletal disorders or other soft tissue injuries. In high-risk industries, such as construction, stretching can mean the difference between major or minor injuries depending on the activity.

The benefits don’t just stop with the employee, however. Employees can reap the rewards of a well-thought-out stretching program too. Injuries, especially soft tissue injuries, can be costly. They are hard to treat because finding the cause of the injury is much more difficult. For an employer this means, your employee is out longer, a replacement is needed, training costs, medical and or insurance costs will go up. So while implementing a stretching program can be costly in and of itself, the positive impacts usually out-weigh the negative.

Every type of job or industry can use a stretching program to some degree, each with its own type of stretches and parameters that suit the worker’s needs. People who sit at a desk all day will need to stretch differently than a roofer who spends a lot of time bent over. While the debate on whether a stretching program is necessary for a company is healthy, the cost of having a healthy and safe work environment should always be at the forefront of the debate.

Check out this article form EHS today about this very subject and get a more in-depth look at stretching in the workplace. And as always for all of your movement and health-related questions and concerns, stick with The Movement of Health. Keep moving, stay healthy.

Eating Before A Workout…Good or Bad?

For years it’s been thought that eating before a workout is a bad idea for many reasons. The main reason being that your body would burn the calories and fat from the meal before actually burning the fat and calories in your body. Apparently this thought process has been proven wrong. Not only is working out on a full stomach not bad for you, it’s actually encouraged. The following article on Jillian Michael’s website is very informative and brings the science of this situation into the light.

The types of foods you choose to eat before working out definitely will have an effect on how well you perform. Lots of processed foods and simple sugars will only give you limited energy stores while eating fruit, vegetables, and good fats and proteins will give you the energy you need to sustain a workout and allow your muscles to grow.

Take a look at the article and next time you decide to workout remember to make a healthy eating choice and get the most out of your workout.

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