Why back injuries occur at work
Back pain can impact both your quality of life and your ability to produce while at work. Generally speaking, employers in California and throughout the country are supposed to take steps to prevent back and other injuries. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why back injuries occur on the job.
You don’t lift items properly
Ideally, you will lift objects
using your legs instead of your back. Furthermore, it is important that you hold them close to your body while lifting or moving them. Your employer should hold training classes or provide other tools to ensure that you are using proper lifting techniques. Training classes or other safety tools can also be used to ensure that you don’t develop bad habits that could increase the risk of getting hurt.
You’re in a hurry to get a job done
When your focus is on getting the job done quickly as opposed to getting the job done safely, you may be at a greater risk of getting hurt. This is because you may neglect to use proper posture or take other shortcuts in an effort to complete a task in as little time as possible. Employers are encouraged to work with their employees to help keep them calm and relaxed whenever they are asked to lift or or move heavy objects.
If you experience back injuries at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The same may be true if you experience any other type of injury that was caused while performing tasks for an employer. An attorney may be able to help you obtain payment for medical bills or recoup a portion of wages lost while recovering from your injuries.