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Back safety is imperative for all physical laborers

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

People who have physically demanding jobs often wonder what they can do to remain as safe as possible work. One of the best things they can do is take steps to alleviate the possibility of suffering from a back injury. Many people don’t take the time to think about how devastating it can be if they have one of these injuries

It is important to note here the employers are the ones who have the onus of responsibility. They are responsible for getting you the tools and equipment that you use for your duties. They must also set protocols for the situations that are commonly associated with injuries in your job.

Preventing back injuries at work starts before your shift. You have to stretch to prepare your muscles for what’s coming. This helps you to ensure that your back isn’t trying to do heavy lifting without being fully warmed up. This alone can prevent a good number of injuries.

You also need to ensure that you are using the proper lifting techniques. This includes using your legs to bear the weight that you have to lift instead of using your back muscles. When you are lifting something heavy, bulky or hard to carry, get someone to help you with it or use an assistive device. You should also avoid twisting when you have the items in your hands.

If you do suffer an injury to your back at work, make sure that you get medical care right away. These injuries can sometimes seem minor, but as time progresses, it gets worse. You can sometimes prevent this from happening by getting medical care right away. Because it is a work-related injury, you should apply for workers’ compensation benefits. If you have trouble getting the benefits you are due, it may be time to seek legal advice.