The Firing Line: Do You Have To Put Yourself In Danger For Your Job?

April 30, 2020

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There are a lot of dangerous jobs in the world. Some involve going up to high places, while others will have you working around strong chemicals, and there are loads of other examples of roles which can present natural risks. Of course, along with this, you also often get roles which can have danger appear along the way, even when the job is supposed to be safe. Do you have to put yourself in danger for your job, though? This article will be exploring some of the common dangers which will find their way into a normal job, giving you the chance to think about them before they’re thrust upon you.

It’s very common for employees to do driving jobs for their bosses, even if it isn’t something which is included in their job description. While this is usually very safe, it’s worth considering that the more time you spend on the road the more likely you are to find yourself going through an accident. Within the last 15 years alone, more than 27,000 people died in work-related traffic accidents, and this shows that there is a significant risk when it comes to driving for your job. If you can avoid it, it will be worth keeping your time in the car for your commute.

The Public
Most stores and other customer-facing businesses will usually work extremely hard to keep their customers happy. This can be achieved through a number of different methods, but it would be wrong to say that things don’t go wrong from time to time. Members of the public can become aggressive, and this can put employees at risk. If you ever find yourself feeling threatened by a member of the public, it will be worth asking your manager or boss to kick them out. You should never have to be hurt to do your job, but it’s also worth thinking about verbal abuse, as this can also be dangerous when you are exposed to it in large amounts.

Using Computers
Everyone knows that computers can put your digital life at risk, but very few will consider the harm that regular computer use can do to their body. Using keyboards and mice all the time will impact your wrists, arms, shoulders, and back, often causing long-term health issues which don’t go away with time. Both moderating your time and using the right equipment when you’re at the PC can help with this. Wrist rests and proper posture can help to eliminate the pain caused by typing but none will offer a solution which entirely cuts out the damage caused by using computers.

Putting yourself in danger for your job is rarely worth it, unless you’re going to be able to help other people in the process. Getting injured by any of these things can leave you unable to do your job properly, and many people find themselves in this position at some point in their lives. You shouldn’t have to hurt yourself to earn money, but you can often work on these risks in other ways.

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