Whether you work on a Connecticut construction site, in a hospital, or in a traditional office setting, you may be vulnerable to back injuries. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you may be able to employ to reduce your risk of a workplace accident that could result in back sprains or strains.
Ask for help
If an object is too heavy to lift comfortably on your own, don’t hesitate to use the buddy system. Enlisting the help of a colleague will reduce the strain placed on your back and other muscles used to lift and move a heavy box or large piece of furniture. It may also be possible to use machinery to lift or move objects around the office or from one area of a construction site to another.
Learn how to lift properly
It’s natural to want to lift objects using the muscles in your back. However, it’s safer and easier to lift using the muscles in your legs and core. Understanding how to lift properly is especially important if you lift or move the same items repeatedly throughout a shift. Stretching before and after engaging with heavy items may minimize your risk of an injury that might require you to file for workers’ compensation benefits. It is worth noting that you are generally entitled to benefits even if you were partially or fully to blame for a workplace accident that led to a back injury.
If you are hurt at work, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of medical treatment related to your injury. You may also receive compensation for a portion of wages lost while recovering. You are required to file a workers’ compensation claim as quickly as possible after a workplace accident occurs.