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Back injuries in the California workplace

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Workplace back injuries can be a severe and debilitating problem for many California employees. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), back injuries are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in the workplace. They can range from minor muscle strains to severe injuries such as herniated discs or spinal fractures.

Common workplace back injuries

There are many potential causes of back injuries in the workplace. One common reason is lifting heavy objects improperly. This can put a strain on the back muscles and lead to injury. Other potential causes include awkward body positioning while working, repetitive motion and slips and falls.

Injuries to the back at work can range from acute to chronic, resulting from traumatic events or overuse. Acute injuries can include sprains, strains, and fractures, while chronic injuries can include herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis.

Injuries in the workplace are often accompanied by back pain which can limit the sufferer’s quality of life.

Creating a safe work environment

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, including preventing back injuries from occurring. Some ways that employers can do this include:

  • Providing proper training on moving heavy objects safely
  • Ensuring that employees have access to proper equipment, such as dollies or forklifts
  • Making sure that workstations are ergonomically designed to reduce strain on the back
  • Encouraging regular breaks to allow employees to stretch and move around

Employees also have a role to play in preventing back injuries. Some things that employees can do to protect their backs include:

  • Using proper lifting techniques, including bending at the knees, keeping the object close to the body while lifting
  • Asking for help to lift heavy objects
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch and move around
  • Maintain good posture while working

If a back injury does occur, it is essential to seek medical attention and report the injury to the employer immediately. In addition, employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits for employees who are injured on the job. These benefits can cover medical expenses and lost wages.

Preventing workplace back injuries

Preventing workplace back injuries is essential for the health and well-being of employees. By creating a safe work environment and adopting good lifting and ergonomic practices, employers and employees can work together to reduce the risk of back injuries and keep workers healthy and productive.


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