One of the top causes of injury in the workplace is working through repetitive motion injury. This usually occurs in back-office positions like typing, filing, shelving, and filing.
While most people are aware that this type of injury is dangerous, many employees think it is just a minor injury, and that they can work through it without causing any problems. Unfortunately, this can cause serious damage to your body if it continues for too long.
It is important to recognize and prevent this type of repetitive motion injury before it starts to take its toll on your body. There are simple things you can do to ensure you do not do any lasting damage. They may also help your colleagues avoid injury or worse.
You are more likely to suffer an injury if you are not paying attention to your body when working. Keeping your eyes on the keyboard at all times can help prevent the risk of getting injured, but you should also be looking up at the overhead console every few minutes to make sure your arms are not resting on the keyboard.
Your head must be kept off the keyboard as well because if you stay still too long, you are more likely to cause a shoulder or neck injury. If you must stand up while typing, keep your feet wide apart and put a shelf on your desk to prevent any damage to your back. Do not slump into your chair if you are already leaning forward from looking at the keyboard.
These tips can help you keep your eyes on the keyboard as much as possible and keep your head off the keyboard. You will want to keep an eye on your hands too because you are more likely to injure them while typing.
Being able to use an accurate cursor control to move the document around on the screen is vital, so make sure you use the mouse with your hand positioned correctly. Be sure to position the mouse pointer close to the top of the screen, so that you can easily point the cursor at the right spot. Always hold the mouse steady and not jerking it around at all times.
Keep your hands at the proper distance from your computer and monitor, because without this positioning, you will put too much strain on your fingers and wrists if you use your keyboard for anything other than typing. Keep your wrists straight and fingers parallel with the mouse. It is also good to have some padding under your hands for comfort since you will be using them for so long.
Make sure you place the keyboard on a desk or flat surface that does not have sharp edges or any bulges. Flat surfaces allow your wrist to roll back from the keyboard, which can cause a lot of pain and stress for your wrist and arm.
Some workers, including printers, often get wrist pain or wrist injuries because they are typing at the keyboard too long. That is why you should always start out at the slowest speed possible when you are just starting out on a new job.
With this advice, you will be able to get the most out of your office workspace and you will help avoid the many risks that can lead to injuries. Keeping your eyes on the keyboard and keeping your wrists and arms straight and flexible can help you stay safe, even if you work in a very dangerous position.