Scenario: An employee tells his operations manager he has strained his back by doing repetitive motions and now has an injury he needs to go to an appointment for. The operations manager tells the employee to take the afternoon off for the appointment.
Sound familiar? Having an employee get hurt at work can be an inconvenience for you and the employee. Being able to prevent injuries is a priority in the workplace. Preventing injuries means increased production and less time away from work and fewer worker’s compensation claims.
Here are tips on how you and your employees can be proactive instead of reactive in preventing injuries.
• Address health concerns – motivate employees to resolve to underlying conditions that put them at greater risk for injury.
• Ergonomics – assess work spaces are set up properly and employees are using proper technique when moving to avoid strains or overexertion.