Depending on the type of industry you work in, a lot of people think the last place they’re going to get injured is at work. What most people don’t realise is that is at work is where people sustain some lifelong injuries that cause lasting damage. From desk jobs leading to obesity and poor sight to manual labour occupations leading to back pain and vibration white finger, what can you do to stay safe and healthy at work?

Desk Jobs

Desk jobs are the most deceiving of all. Our bodies are not designed to sit down all day with our spines hunched over staring at a bright screen so it’s really important to look after yourself if you work in an office. Make sure that you’ve had DSE assessment and that your equipment is all positioned correctly to enable you to have the best posture whilst sat at your desk. There are a lot of different stretches you can do to make sure you’re active at your desk and if your employer is interested speak to them about the possibility of standing desks.

Manual Labour

If you work in a predominantly physical industry it’s vital that you do all you can to stay fit and healthy at work. From warehousing to building work, a job which involves a lot of bending and heavy lifting can put a lot of strain on your body. It’s essential that you follow the Health and Safety advice administered in your workplace and follow the manual handling guidelines at all time. Repetitively using a bad lifting technique can cause damage that could be damaging to your quality of life long term, take a look at this compensation calculator to see what kind of pay out you could be eligible for if you’re suffering.


Often people find it hard to eat healthily at work, especially in desk jobs. Sitting for long periods of the day in an environment that’s usually packed with unwanted cakes and biscuits brought in from people’s homes is a recipe for disaster.  Try to stay healthy by planning in advance and packing healthy snacks and lunches that will keep you feeling full for the duration of the day so you’re less likely to indulge.

It’s vital to try your best to stay fit and healthy at work so that it doesn’t affect your quality of life outside the work place. By following these tips you’ll be able to stay active and enjoying life to the full for much longer.

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