While repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) are common among athletes, these injuries can occur in the workplace too. Also known as repetitive stress injuries or cumulative trauma disorders, RMIs impact a broad range of occupations, including jobs that require heavy lifting and stationary office roles. RMIs occur when continuous physical stress from daily tasks damage nerves, tendons or muscles quicker than the body can heal from such stress. Employees may be at greater risk of experiencing RMIs on the job if they:
RMIs can cause several conditions, including tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and rotator cuff injuries. If left untreated, these injuries can worsen and make it difficult to continue working. There are various safety tips that employees can follow to minimize RMIs. Consider these basic practices.
For more information on RMI prevention measures, talk to your supervisor.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical to protect employees like you from various workplace hazards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year. Nevertheless, safety experts assert that using the proper PPE can prevent many workplace injuries. As such, it’s important to be aware of the types of PPE you may need to use on the job. Depending on the task at hand, different kinds of PPE are available to keep you safe. Here’s a breakdown of common PPE:
Always wear the required PPE to safeguard yourself from hazards in the workplace. Furthermore, don’t ditch your PPE because of discomfort – contact your supervisor in the case of ill-fitting equipment.
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