Some workplace injuries will prevent workers from being able to do their jobs, which means they will be unable to earn an income. This can cause many other problems for the injured workers and their families.
Back injuries are relatively common in workplaces. They can be very painful and can linger for a long period of time. One way that workers can help prevent these injuries from occurring is by understanding the common ways that back injuries occur.
Reasons why back injuries occur at work
One underlying cause for back injuries is inadequate training for employees when they first begin working. Knowing the proper techniques for lifting objects is important so workers can avoid injury.
Improper lifting techniques contribute to many workplace back injuries. It is easy to get fatigued while working and workers may fail to use proper techniques, such as using their legs instead of their backs. Constantly reinforcing proper lifting techniques is important to ensure workers consistently practice them.
The workers also may begin to underestimate the risk involved with certain movements while lifting and holding heavy objects such as twisting their bodies. Even if employees become accustomed to carrying a certain weight, if they twist the wrong way, back injuries can occur.
While it is important that employees use proper lifting techniques to prevent injuries, if they do occur while at work, the worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can pay for medical care, and a portion of the lost income as well. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of these benefits and can help injured workers fight for what they deserve.