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Avoiding back injuries on the job

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2021 | workplace injuries |

If you have ever injured your back at work in Florida, you know how physically debilitating and mentally draining that can be. Back pain may be so intense that you can hardly concentrate on anything else.

It can interfere with all kinds of everyday activities, including walking, bending, driving and even sleeping. You might have to take time off from work. It might be severe enough to compel you to place your life on hold.

Workers in some professions such as construction run a high risk of hurting their backs because of the nature of the physical labor they do. There are three typical reasons that people get back injuries on the job – moving or lifting things that weigh a lot, repetitive motions that cause you to twist your spine or having a mostly sedentary job that aggravates issues related to bad posture.

Other factors that can also affect back injuries sustained at work are a person’s age, being overweight or out of shape.

There are some proactive measures you can take to lessen the chance of hurting your back at work. Keeping these tips in mind and putting them into practice regularly may keep back injuries at bay. 

Tips to prevent hurting your back at work

  • Make an effort to practice good posture by not slouching and sitting in a chair that supports your back comfortably.
  • If you need to lift something, use the proper technique. Rely on the strength of your legs and not your back. Don’t twist your body when lifting something. Request assistance from someone else when you have to lift things that are especially heavy or unwieldy.
  • Minimize awkward or repetitive motions that put strain on your back.

Back injuries and discomfort can disrupt your life and be tremendously painful. If you hurt your back at work, you might want to learn more about your legal options or seek workers’ compensation. A lawyer experienced in helping workers with on the job injuries can help.