Regardless of the type of work you do or the occupational field you are in, on-the-job injuries can occur. One of the most common types of on-the-job accidents involves back injuries. Whether from lifting, bending, stretching, or straining, back injuries can result in severe pain and potentially long-term disability that can impact both your professional and personal lives, preventing you from making a living or enjoying social activities with your loved ones. While these types of on-the-job injuries can result in permanent impairment and the need for ongoing treatment, there are steps you can take to help prevent these injuries from occurring in the workplace.
Common Types of Work-Related Back Injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders are a common type of injury, and one of the most commonly affected areas is the back region. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the back is made up of bones, muscles, and soft tissues extending down from the neck to the pelvis. Back injuries can occur with even the slightest amount of overexertion, and result in a tremendous amount of pain while limiting the movement and activities of the injured party. Injuries that are common in this region include the following:
- Fractured vertebrae;
- Slipped or herniated disks; and
- Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears.
Millions of people suffer the debilitating effects of chronic back pain, and back injuries are one of the most commonly cited reasons for workers’ compensation claims. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), back injuries are a leading workplace safety issue, and injuries due to bending, stretching, lifting, carrying and holding heavy objects are responsible for approximately one in five on-the-job injuries each year, affecting over a million workers.
Preventing Back Injuries
For employers, back injuries result in lost productivity, increased insurance premiums, and costly workers’ compensation claims. Preventing these types of injuries should be a top priority, and the DOL suggests several ways in which these types of injuries can be prevented:
- Through the workplace administrative office, such as assessing employees prior to assigning heavy lifting tasks, encouraging strength training, and taking the time to train employees in proper lifting techniques.
- Through workplace engineering, such as using mechanical aids such as lifts and conveyor belts, reducing the packaging of bulky items and materials, and adjusting pallet heights and placements.
- Through utilizing workplace ergonomics, such as making sure workers have the proper types of desks, chairs, and other office equipment and that the proper types of flooring materials are used.
Contact Us for Professional Help
If you or someone you care about suffers an on the job injury, contact our experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys right away. At Hogan Frick, we understand the serious ramifications that can result from on the job injuries. We can assist you in getting the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve to cover expenses such as medical and hospital bills, lost wages, and the costs associated with long term treatments to ensure your recovery. We have offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, and we are prepared to assist you today.