June is National Safety Month. According to the National Safety Council, an organization dedicated to promoting safety in the workplace, accidental injury is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over 200,000 deaths in 2020, as reported, were deemed preventable. Slips and falls in the workplace and elsewhere, leading to head, back and joint injuries, are included in these statistics.
For those who live with chronic back or joint pain, observance of safety procedures in the office and around town can minimize your risk for severe to fatal injury. Every June, the NSC puts out safety tips on their website and social media, and at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists our experts help patients with existing and new conditions minimize their pain.
Important points to keep in mind:
In the Workplace
- Apply proper ergonomics at your desk – comfortable chairs, good posture, equipment that doesn’t create discomfort
- Keep work spaces tidy and free of obstacles that could cause trips or spills
- Communicate the importance of safety with co-workers and employees
- Inspect work vehicles and other equipment for optimal performance
- Work alert; avoid distractions that could cause accidents
- Be aware of heavy lifting at work; bend with your knees and not your back
On the Road
- Make sure your seatbelt is properly fastened and positioned to help prevent possible back and injuries
- Avoid distractions as you drive – no texting or talking on your phone
- Keep your car’s maintenance up to date
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or strong medications
Out and About
- When out on a walk, be aware of your surroundings and watch for dips and potholes
- Be aware of motorists when crossing streets
- Avoid walking in areas with heavy construction and trip hazards
- Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
- Stay hydrated and alert
For questions and concerns about joint pain and our minimally invasive procedures, the physicians and staff at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to help. Contact us today.