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Back Injuries are Top Workplace Injury in United States

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Feb-2015

Nearly four million American suffer an injury at work each year. Some injuries are minor and have short-term complications, while other injuries are more severe and can have long-lasting health effects. In some instances, workers are unable to return to work at all after being injured on the job.

Causes of Back Injuries

Many different types on injuries occur in the workplace, but the leading type of injury is back injuries. Back injuries most commonly occur when workers exert an extreme amount of force on the back, such as when lifting heavy objects or performing tasks that require repeated motion. Because back injuries are so common and the causes are so well-known, there are regulations that require employers to ensure proper safety precautions are in place to help prevent workers from suffering back injuries.

Preventing Back Injuries

There are several things that can be done to help avoid workplace back injuries:

  • Provide workers with safety or protective equipment such as back support
  • Limit the amount of bending and lifting that workers are required to do
  • Instruct workers to work in teams when lifting heavy objects
  • Provide workers with machines for lifting objects over 40 pounds

In addition to taking those precautions, it is also necessary to provide workers with proper training on how to safely lift heavy objects or perform other tasks that could lead to a back injury. This training should be done as soon as employment begins, though it is useful to remind workers about proper safety procedures periodically.

While it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe workplace, workers also need to be aware of risks around them and work together to help prevent back injuries or other accidents.

Discuss Your Case with Our Work Injury Lawyers

If you have suffered a back injury or other type of injury at work, you may be eligible for compensation. Workers are required to maintain a safe workplace and provide its employees with reasonable equipment to help avoid injuries. If your employer failed in its responsibilities, the company could be held liable for your injury. It is important that you consult with a qualified workplace injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your legal rights are protected. Our firm has helped thousands of injured workers recover compensation for their injuries. Contact our workplace injury lawyers today to learn how we can help you.

Categories: Industrial Injury

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