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Important tips to help workers stay safe from back injuries

Back injuries at work can be very serious because you use your back for almost everything you do. It is imperative that work places have protocol for reducing the risk of incidents that can lead to this. It is easy to think that the workers should be the ones who are responsible for safety, but the responsibility actually falls on the employers.

No matter what industry a company falls under, employers and employees can benefit from knowing some information about what the more common causes of back injuries are. This helps them ensure that they have adequate protocol to address the issues.

Back injuries at work can be very serious because you use your back for almost everything you do. It is imperative that work places have protocol for reducing the risk of incidents that can lead to this. It is easy to think that the workers should be the ones who are responsible for safety, but the responsibility actually falls on the employers.

No matter what industry a company falls under, employers and employees can benefit from knowing some information about what the more common causes of back injuries are. This helps them ensure that they have adequate protocol to address the issues.

Lifting techniques matter

All employees have to ensure they are using proper lifting techniques. Nobody should lift with the back. Instead, stoop down and lift with the knees. Always ask for help if the item is too heavy, bulky or large. Team lifting and lift assist devices can help to alleviate injuries since one person isn't responsible for the full weight of the object.

When you are trying to pick up items, don't over-reach for them. Be careful when you are trying to get items from an upper shelf. It is better to get a ladder to reach safely as long as you are able to get the item down without falling off the ladder.

Slow down

Rushing through lifting jobs can lead to injuries because you might twist or move in an unnatural manner. When you aren't using proper lifting techniques, you also run the risk of developing a cumulative trauma injury that might seem minor at first but becomes progressively more serious over time.

Moving too fast can also lead to making mistakes that can injure others. Anyone who is lifting items needs to be aware of what is going on around them so they don't accidentally harm others by hitting them with the object.

When an injury occurs

When an injury does occur, the worker needs to take the time to visit a doctor. This isn't always easy because many people would rather continue to work than have to admit that something is wrong. Ignoring an injury could lead to it becoming worse, which could be a very serious problem that requires even more time off work.

Workers' compensation is very important in these situations. This program covers medical bills related to the back injury. It can also cover vocational rehabilitation and missed wages if the person has to remain off work for an extended period.

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