Injuries to the Neck & Back
Back Injury Information
OSHA, at least a million American workers suffer back injuries in the workplace
each year. They form a quarter of all
workers' compensation payments in the country, besides causing a great deal of suffering and
hardship to workers. Activities that involve bending and twisting of the
body like lifting, carrying, and lowering are the most likely to result
in back injury. Most of these injuries affect the lower back and occur
when employees are involved in heavy lifting.
Back injury can easily be prevented if appropriate strength testing is
done to determine the maximum load an individual can carry. Workers must
be discouraged from carrying loads in excess of that weight. They must
also have access to physical training programs that help them develop
strength in the back muscles that are used in the performance of common
injury causing activities. Workers must be trained in proper lifting and
carrying techniques that don't place as much pressure on the lower
back. Mechanical lifting and carrying equipment can take some of the strain
off workers. Loads that have to be carried must be of a compact size and
have appropriate handles that make them easy to carry.
Neck Injury Information
Neck injury can occur as a result of repetitive movements that strain the
neck and shoulder area. Physical activities that call for a static load
to be placed in the neck and shoulder region, repeated movements of the
arm and shoulders, or extreme work posture that strains the muscles of
this region can lead to neck injuries that can have long lasting effects.
Moreover, the use of vibrating tools like drills and electric saws can
place pressure on the musculoskeletal system.
Employers must identify the kind of repetitive tasks that can result in
neck injury and train workers in the correct techniques to minimize the
risk of such injuries. Regular breaks between repetitive tasks can take
some of the pressure off the neck and shoulder muscles. The work area
must be sufficiently illuminated to prevent the need for stretching of
the neck for better visibility while working. Employers must also recognize
the early signs of a developing neck injury and take steps to minimize
its effects before the condition worsens.
Contact a workplace injury lawyer from our firm!
If you are dealing with a neck or a back injury, it is in your best interests
to consult with a legal team from Arnold & Itkin LLP as soon as possible.
Over the years, we have been successful in helping our clients obtain
the desirable outcome that they deserve. Should you work with an
industrial accident attorney from our firm, you can be confident knowing we will be there every step
of the way to protect your legal rights.