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5 tips to avoid physical work injuries

Do you remember to listen to your body, or do you drive out in the overtaking lane to reach your deadlines on time? Most often it is about being busy and achieving twice as much in a shorter time. Every year, companies’ productivity decreases and sickness absence increases due to tasks related to manual work.

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Maybe it’s something you can nod recognizably to? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to carry or push a heavy object or hold on to the same material for a long time, but forget to think about the physical strain you are exposing your body to? This is where the work injury occurs. It is no secret that physical exertion is one of the most well-known challenges for the job market. Most often, companies lack concrete knowledge about how stressful their various work tasks actually are. This article is an attempt to map out the root causes and how to reduce the most physically strenuous work tasks.

1. Create the right balance

A study conducted by the NFA shows that employees’ working lives can be extended by focusing on the balance between physical demands in the workplace and physical capacity. The analysis shows, among other things, that senior workers have less stressful working positions, compared to their younger colleagues who lift and push more. The younger colleagues may thus end up in a group where they risk having to quit their jobs prematurely or retire earlier due to the stressful working conditions. Therefore, it can be a good idea to balance the employees’ workload, possibly. with a reshuffle scheme or with several short breaks.

2. Listen to your body

Lack of knowledge is of great importance for the ability to work. Pain and work-related injuries can occur for many different reasons, but our attitudes determine how intense they feel. If we lack the right knowledge, we are more likely to see through our fingers with it and continue the work despite the fact that we are in pain. It is therefore important that you acquire knowledge about the pain that your body is exposed to. Every third employed Dane experiences pain in muscles and joints several times a week, according to a study from the NFA. Remember to listen to the signals you get from the body as it is its way of telling you that something is wrong.

3. Set positive goals

Set positive goals rather than counting accidents and the number of sick leave. If you are instead keen to learn something from the various accidents, you will be able to integrate safety, health and well-being in the workplace and avoid exposing more employees to the same accident. You learn, so to speak, to deal with things in the bud before things go wrong.

4. Be proactive

If your employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials, they could end up on sick leave due to an occupational injury. Therefore, before the employee comes into contact with the substance or material, check whether it can potentially harm him or her both physically and mentally.

5. Structure security

Many occupational accidents are based on a poor safety structure. Especially under time pressure. It is therefore crucial to have control of safety in the future and not just while the individual task is in progress.