For many business travelers, arriving at their destination safely is just another part of their job. Whether traveling in the air or on the roadways, business travelers are often exposed to significant safety risks ranging from catching a fellow traveler’s illness to being involved in a car accident or suffering a serious medical complication. To travel safely while on business, workers should remember to plan ahead, stay active and healthy during travel, and to dress accordingly.
Traveling without a plan can be stressful and increase the risk of being involved in a travel-related accident. Knowing in advance where to go and when to be there can help prevent last minute rushing around and other distracting behaviors. Business travelers should always pre-book their travel arrangements and create an itinerary for out of town visits. Other details that can be planned ahead include hiring a car service, reserving a rental car, and booking hotel rooms.
Part of planning ahead involves packing efficiently. When a business traveler overpacks, it can cause problems at airport and hotel check-ins. Lugging around oversized suitcases can result in physical injuries to the business traveler’s neck, back, and shoulders. Essential items should be packed in a carry-on bag to avoid being lost or damaged during travel.
Stay Active and Healthy
Long days of business travel can have devastating effects on a person’s body. Business travelers can be especially susceptible to dehydration (especially if traveling on an airplane), poor circulation, fatigue, and back pain. There are many proactive ways to stay active and healthy while traveling for business. Business travelers who take medication should consult with their physician about the effects of travel on the effectiveness and potency of their medication. Packing extra water bottles or nutritional supplements can help avoid physical deprivation. Using a hotel gym or walking around an airport while waiting for a flight or during a layout stop can allow a business traveler to remain physically active.
Many germs are spread in the course of travel especially in the confined space of an airplane. In addition to building up their immune system prior to travel, business travelers should avoid physical contact with fellow passengers who appear to be ill. It is also wise to practice good preventative hygiene including proper hand washing and covering the mouth when coughing.
To avoid some of the physical complaints that often accompany business travel, travelers should always dress for comfort and ease of movement. Wearing tight shirts, blouses, or trousers can make the body feel constricted, overheated, and weary. Business travelers who fly to different designations should be aware of the conditions inside and outside the airport. Err on the safe side and bring a light jacket or sweater to avoid extremes temperatures. Many find wearing layers is the best protection for varying climates.
When business travel results in physical injuries, compensation may be available to the injured worker. The first step in determining whether a work-related injury qualifies for Workers’ Compensation benefits is to contact an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer in South Carolina.
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If you or a loved one has been injured at the workplace or in the course of business travel, the experienced work injury lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. are here to help. To schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable and skilled Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer today, call us at 803-929-3600 or 866-881-8623 or submit an online inquiry form.
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