5 Health Risks for Distracted Workers

How often do you feel distracted while on the job? there’s a lot of things that take our attention away from the task at hand, from thinking about what you’ll eat for lunch, to checking social media. This can lead to many dangerous situations, especially if your job duties involve heavy machinery or hazardous materials. Even in office environments, distractions create hazards for yourself and coworkers. 

Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls are one of the most common workplace injuries across many industries. Especially when climbing onto equipment or in an environment with debris, keep your attention on your steps and ensure even footing as you move. If your job requires specialized safety equipment like harnesses and rigs, check it every time you use it for wear and tear and make needed adjustments. 

Chronic Conditions

Many industries work with hazardous materials and in dangerous conditions, agriculture included. Distraction can often lead us to forget safety precautions that are required to stay healthy while working. If these safety measures are lax for long periods of time, it could lead to chronic health conditions that affect your life later on. It can be something as simple as forgetting to wear sun protection when you’re outside, which can lead to skin cancer years later. Make sure you follow all the safety precautions required of your job, every time you are working. 

Cuts, Burns and Major Injuries

We’ve all heard “never run with scissors.” If you’re in a rush or distracted, even the most mundane item can be hazardous. Modern equipment is designed with worker safety in mind, but if you are distracted, it could turn deadly in the flash of an eye. Always be mindful of moving parts on machinery and tools. If you feel like you are in a rush to finish a project or meet a deadline, take a deep breath and slow down to focus. Your family would prefer you got home safely at the end of the day! 

Undue Stress

Distractions during the day make it hard to focus on getting the job done, and sometimes it succeeds! If you feel like you’re not meeting your goals at work, this can affect your moods and increase the stress you feel. Stress can cause serious health conditions on its own, which we’ve explored before on the Wellness Hub. Getting rid of distractions in the workplace also leads to better job satisfaction overall, as employees enjoy their time at work without the pressure of deadlines looming over them. 

Increased Risks Off the Job

Minimizing distractions on the job site is important, but it’s important outside of work, too. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and injuries from accidents can severely impact a team of employees when one of their number requires medical treatment. Practice focusing on activities completely and being in the moment, and you’ll be safer overall.