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When it comes to your place of employment, there is one thing that both you and your boss are equally concerned about: injuries. The obvious reason is that no one wants to get hurt and no one wants to see anyone get hurt. But beyond the human element, there is the economic one as well. Workplace injuries cost a lot of money in every way you can imagine. Everyone from the government to your boss to you lose out when someone gets hurt on the job.

Just how much do workplace injuries cost? The answers given by OSHA may surprise you. Granted it’s not costing you, personally, a billion dollars. But all of that risk is spread out amongst all of us in the form of unemployment insurance, government benefits, and overburdened workforces. It’s in everyone’s best interests to stay safe on the job. Whether you’re a construction worker who needs to remember to wear his leather work gloves on site or an office worker who should do more stretches, there are things we can all do to keep ourselves safe. Here are a few of them.

Take Breaks

This is something we all probably need to be better at. That is, unless you take a ton of breaks already and your boss is breathing down your neck. But chances are you aren’t taking enough breaks. Bosses need to be better at understanding how breaks actually help productivity. Not only do they help you focus more, but they also help you avoid injuries caused by continuous bad posture or repeated motions. If you’ve ever sat at a desk for eight hours, you know how easy this is. Chances are your back hurts already reading this.

Use the proper safety equipment

Whether you’re working in a warehouse, on a construction site, or the stock room of a supermarket, using the proper safety equipment is essential. This may include hard hats, freezer jackets, or leather work gloves that protect your hands from lacerations and extreme weather. Not taking the proper precautions is a one way ticket to being sidelined with an injury. Take the time to put on your safety gear, even if you think it’s unnecessary or looks ridiculous. The injuries that could have been avoided by properly preparing are usually the worst ones.

Get more sleep

This might be hard to do. There is only so much time in the day. But it’s a fact that the more sleep you get, the better decisions you’ll make. If you’re more focused and your movements are more precise, you’ll reduce the risk of injury caused by tiredness. Try to get as close to eight hours of sleep as you can and see the benefits for yourself.

By taking the proper precautions you can greatly reduce your chances of getting hurt on the job. All it takes is a little extra thought and time.When bosses and employees work together to understand what needs to be done to reduce workplace injuries, everyone saves money, time, and their health.

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Tom Richards works construction every day. He decides to research some ways that can prevent him from getting injured.

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