Six Tips to Prevent Back Injuries at Work

Whether you work in the healthcare industry or in construction, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of developing debilitating back pain. 

To help reduce your risk of sustaining a back injury at work, you first need to understand the factors involved with this type of injury.  There are four work-related factors that can lead to back pain, which include force, repetition, posture and stress.  For example, if you have a job where you perform repetitious tasks, it could lead to muscle fatigue or injury.  However, by following the steps recommended by MayoClinic.com, which are summarized below, you can avoid injuring your back in a work accident.

Stay physically fit.  Even if your job is physical, you can still benefit from regular exercise.  Stretching and strengthening exercises for your back can help improve the muscles and reduce the likelihood of a back injury.

Watch your posture.  Your mother may have persistently told you to stand up straight, but there is something to that directive.  Poor posture can place stress on your back.  Leaning back and slouching can exaggerate your back’s natural curves and lead to muscle fatigue.

Lift the right way.  According to MayoClinic.com, there is a right way and a wrong way to lift and carry objects.  Your legs should be doing most of the work, not your back.

Evaluate your work area.  Take a look at your workspace and see if there are modifications that you can make, which would limit force and repetition on your back.  For example, if you spend a lot of time on the telephone, consider using a headset.

Change your position often.  If you have a job that requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, you need to shift your position frequently.  You should also take time to stretch your muscles.

Focus on building coordination.  Regular walks or other physical activities that improve coordination and balance should be part of your daily routine.

If you have injured your back at work, you may be entitled to Florida workers compensation benefits.  For more information, contact an experienced Daytona Beach workers compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Johnson & Gilbert, P. A. (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 today.

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