Back injuries are one of the most common types of on-the-job injuries. They can be caused by a variety of situations, and they occur most frequently when lifting heavy objects like boxes or equipment.
Learn how to prevent or reduce the chances of sustaining a back injury at work, as well as what to do in the event of an injury.
1. Lift With Your Legs
Whenever possible, avoid bending over and lifting using your back muscles. This is one of the fastest ways to get injured on the job. Instead, bend your legs to bring your arms closer to the object while still keeping your back straight. Lift the object by straightening your legs, without bending your back at all.
2. Avoid Twisting While You Are Carrying a Heavy Object
If you are carrying a large box or a heavy piece of equipment, avoid twisting your back while you have the object in your arms. This can cause your back undue stress and strain, potentially leading to an injury. Instead, if you need to turn while you are carrying a large or heavy object, pivot with your feet. It may be beneficial for you to clear the path that you will be taking while you are carrying the load before you pick up the object, in order to eliminate potential hazards along the way.
3. Use a Back Support Belt
Back support belts are designed to give your lower back the strong support it needs while lifting heavy or large objects. If you lift frequently at work as a part of your job, consider investing in a high-quality back support belt that is comfortable to wear while lifting.
4. Lift Several Smaller Loads When Possible
If at all possible, try to reduce the amount of weight in each individual load that you will be lifting and/or carrying. Although this means that you will need to make more frequent trips, keeping your loads light is an excellent way to prevent on-the-job back injuries.
When to Contact a Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Despite making an effort to prevent back injuries or reduce the risk of being injured, accidents can still happen. If you were injured on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages relating to the injury.
At the Wanko Law Firm, LLC, our workers’ compensation attorneys have represented hundreds of individuals who have been the victim of a work-related accident, and we can bring our unique skills and resources to the table in your case.
Contact us today for a consultation to discuss the legal options available to you. Call now at (985) 893-6530.