Steps to Avoid Back Injuries at Work
We’ve all heard the caution against injury: “lift with your legs, not with your back!” This advice is helpful but a little too simple when lifting is a regular part of your work day. So what else should you know? It’s important to lift correctly so as to avoid back injury at work.
1. Push it.
It can be almost alarming when you pick up a box — small in size — but unexpectedly the weight of a small elephant. Test each object you move by pushing it first. This will give you the know on how to go about moving the object.
2. Pack it.
Check that the weight is evenly distributed in the box/item you are moving. If the item becomes imbalanced, it can imbalance you and cause a work injury.
3. Place it.
<p”>Place your hands on the item and ensure that you will have a tight grip before you lift.
4. Pick it up.
Now it’s time to apply the “lift with your legs, not with your back.” Use a ladder if the object is above your head so as to get a better angle on it. Get as close to the object as you can. Avoid arching your back to prevent injury. Don’t twist your body but keep your back straight. Position the load between your shoulder and waist for less strain.
You can avoid most work injuries by warming up and stretching before you lift. Be sure to pace yourself. Watch to make sure nothing trip-able is in your pathway. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from another person or a machine.
If you have injured yourself at work and feel that some attention from a lawyer is in order, find a work injury lawyer who is willing to investigate. Contact an experience workers’ compensation attorney.