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Understanding back injuries in the workplace

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2022 | Workplace Injuries |

Although many jobs are considered generally safe in Colorado, there are still some risks that workers face every day. One of the most common risks is a back injury. Back injuries can happen in most workplaces, and it’s important to know how they occur and what to do if you’re injured.

How do back injuries occur?

One of the most common ways back injuries occur is through lifting. Whether you’re lifting boxes at a warehouse or moving patients in a hospital, improper lifting techniques can cause serious strain on your back. Another common way to injure your back is through repetitive motions. If, for instance, you’re constantly bending over to lift objects, you might eventually injure yourself.

If you work in an office, you might not think you’re at risk for a back injury. However, sitting in a chair all day can actually be just as dangerous as lifting heavy objects. Poor posture and ergonomics can lead to back pain and other injuries. Last but not least, accidents can also cause back injuries. If you slip and fall or are involved in a car accident, you can sustain a serious back injury.

What should you do if you’re injured?

If you’re injured at work, the first thing you should do is report the injury to your supervisor. Once you’ve done that, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. If your injury is serious, you may need to go to the hospital. However, even if your injury seems minor, it’s still a good idea to see a doctor.

Get the doctor’s report and give it to your supervisor. Your employer will then likely file a workers’ compensation claim. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which can help you cover the cost of medical treatment and lost wages.

There are a few things you can do to avoid back injuries at work. First, always use proper lifting techniques. If you’re not sure how to lift something safely, ask a supervisor or co-worker for help. Second, take breaks often to move around and stretch. This will help reduce the strain on your back. Third, make sure your workstation is ergonomic and that you have good posture. And last but not least, always be aware of your surroundings and watch out for potential hazards.

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