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Preventing injuries at work


Photo represents a small business set-up

Minor injuries at work are common, but by following the simple steps below, you can make sure that your workplace is safe.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can occur when individuals sit at desks for long periods of time. Today, virtually all office jobs require the use of a computer, which involves repetitive movements that can easily lead to back pain, strained muscles and musculoskeletal disorders.

To avoid such injuries, make sure desks and chairs are adjusted as necessary so that there is plenty of lumbar support. This helps to prevent problems such as back pain. Wrists should also be pointing straight forwards (in alignment with the forearms) to prevent wrist pain.


Slips, trips and falls are also common workplace accidents. It’s difficult to prevent them completely, but ensuring that floors are clear of obstructions will go a long way towards it.

In addition to this, spillages should be cleared up quickly so that individuals cannot slip. When spillages occur, put clear signs around the wet area so that everyone can see and avoid it.

It is also important to understand the risks when working at a height. When using l…

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Understanding the risks of working at height: Key factors to consider


Photo shows workers on scaffolding working at height

In some industries, it’s inevitable that employees are going to need to work at height. This is inherently risky, but it’s possible (and necessary) that businesses identify and assess those risks before reducing them. In fact, businesses have a legal obligation to do this.

Here are some of the key factors you need to consider about the risks of working at height, if you’re a business owner or are in a position where you’re charged with managing health and safety risks for employees.

Working at height inevitably gives rise to risk

Working at height is a risk because a fall can have serious consequences. It’s also possible for equipment to fall from a height, posing a risk to people on the ground. In fact, falls from height are responsible for lots of serious injuries every year, and sadly, some of them are fatal. Even a fall from somewhere that seems like a relatively low height (around two metres) can have serious consequences, so it follows that falls from a height greater than this are concerning indeed.

Risks might take many forms

When you think about the risks of working at height, your first thought might turn to window cleaners who are cleaning gl…

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Health and safety in the construction industry


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It is a marvel when you get to see tall skyscrapers which are the end products of months or years construction work. The final building looks amazing especially the outer glass panels that reflect the blue sky. Furthermore, occupants get to have the best view of the city’s skyline every single day. Just imagine watching the sunrise and the sunset at the top-most floors.

In order to achieve such a marvel, a construction site needs to be set up and employees need to be hired before work begins. What many people don’t know is that a construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces in the world.

When you take into account the height, the edges, the deep holes, the scaffolds, the equipment and the wobbly stairs, then you know what danger a construction site poses to the employees and others who have access to it. So, what can be done?

As a project manager, it is important to enact health and safety measures at the construction site before any work begins. Here are health and safety measures to put in place at a construction site to ensure the safety of construction workers.

Fall protection

Construction workers get to encounter astonishing heights which ar…

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