Years ago, when my husband was a landscaper, he was hurt badly on the job. It was no one’s fault. Simply one of those things that happen in life. A tumble-down a steep embankment resulted in an end to his landscaping career. Thankfully, he’s healed but still deals with herniated discs in his back twenty years later. Had it not been for a quality law firm, specializing in injury, his medical bills would’ve been insurmountable & he may not have received the care he deserved.
His story isn’t new & according to workplace injury statistics, it isn’t rare either. In fact, 30% of injuries of this type occur in a person’s trunk. That certainly makes rational sense to me considering the ‘trunk’ accounts for the majority of the human body.
Before becoming disabled, I was a retail manager for almost two decades. Constantly, I would remind my employees to bend at the knees when lifting & wear back support when unloading freight. Anyone who’s ever suffered any type of back pain will tell you it’s no joke. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or work on an assembly line, none of us want to admit that we can’t lift something ourselves. Personally, I’m bad at saying ‘I can’t’. But, if you want to prevent damage to your back, making heavy lifting into a two-man job is the only, smartest way to go.
But, there are some simple, lesser known ways to protect your back. One example is your posture. This is another boo-boo of mine. Those of us who spend a great deal of time on a computer know that it takes a discipline to remain in a proper posture. We want to slouch or lean in a more comfortable position. Change to a hardback chair if needed. That certainly helped me.
If you’re standing still, holding an object, keep your knees bent. Avoid twisting & pivot your feet instead if you need to turn. Tighten your stomach muscles. Use a cart, U-Boat or other such device to move multiple or heavy objects around. I know what a huge help is was to have U-Boats to work off of, especially for cases of laundry detergent.
Do your best to prevent an injury. If, unfortunately, something does happen, then make sure you follow proper channels. Notify your supervisor. Document everything! Tell the truth & never try to embellish. If you did something that wasn’t exactly smart (like standing on an unsecure table), just be honest. Seek wise counsel from a reputable attorney or firm.
Never let a supervisor bully you into doing something unsafe, either. It isn’t worth it. No job, promotion, or wage is worth a lifetime of pain or worse. Be safe & be smart.
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