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How can you avoid back injuries at work?

| Feb 17, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Back injuries are a huge concern among workers in California – and for good reason. Even minor back pain can make it difficult to perform your job and maintain your normal routine after work. If left untreated, back pain can force you to take time off work.

There are several reasons why employees suffer back injuries while on the job. The best way to protect yourself from a painful back injury is to be aware of some of the most common causes of workplace back injuries so you can protect yourself.

Inadequate training

If your job requires you to lift items on a regular basis, your employer should take the time to teach you how to properly lift and carry objects. After all, back injuries are a leading cause of worker’s compensation claims throughout the United States.

Strain injuries from lifting

Employers are growing increasingly aware about how strain injuries from lifting are becoming a major cause of workplace back injuries. Even if an employee was trained to lift correctly from the beginning, an employer should regularly remind their team about how to maintain proper posture and technique.

Tight deadlines or rushing

If you work in a high-demand environment, you might feel constantly rushed. Never risk a back injury because you’re too focused on:

  • Tight deadlines
  • Strict demands
  • Long work hours

No matter what your day looks like, rushing to get the job done quickly can put you at risk of a back injury. Always remember to maintain the correct posture and to practice the proper lifting techniques to avoid an injury.

You may not always be able to prevent a back injury, but you can take steps to remain cautious whenever you’re at work. Make sure you feel comfortable with the amount of training you’ve had about how to lift and carry objects. If your employer doesn’t provide ongoing training, consider speaking to your Human Resources department.

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