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Common workplace back injuries and how to prevent them

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | workers' compensation, Workplace Accidents

Certain jobs in California are strenuous enough to cause employees injuries. Unfortunately, workplace back injuries are among the most common; they can range from mild to debilitating. These are the most common ways you can avoid sustaining them.

Workplace back injuries

Herniated discs can easily affect employees over time. It occurs when two discs in the spine gradually break down or get lodged out of place, affecting the nerves and causing pain. The injury commonly leads to people filing workers’ compensation claims so they can recover.

Lumbar spine injuries usually develop when workers perform regular heavy lifting on the job. Strain is placed on the lower back, resulting in ligaments and muscles being overly stretched. Those who experience this back injury often have pain, swelling and stiffness in the lower back area and find it difficult to perform regular daily activities.

One of the most catastrophic back injuries to occur in the workplace is a thoracic spine injury. It can develop after a high-impact crushing injury and cause nerve damage that can be permanent. Common symptoms include limited range of motion, muscle spasms, numbness, weakness, tingling and pain.

Preventing work-related back injuries

It’s possible to prevent some workplace back injuries with certain measures. Always maintain proper posture when lifting heavy objects or reaching for something above you. Lifting with the legs instead of the back can help prevent putting excess strain on the back.

When obtaining large loads from above, it’s best to use tools to help you. Mechanical lifting aids can prevent back injuries. Using a ladder to lift objects can also protect you against strains and sprains. Additionally, taking rest breaks when standing or sitting for long periods can help your posture and prevent injury.

Focusing on protecting your back may prevent injuries. Giving this matter attention can help you stay healthy and productive.


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