If you have an office job and spend most of your work day sat at a desk it can be easy to sustain work injuries such as a bad back. Here are our tips to avoid back injuries.
Tell them what you need
When you first start and then at regular intervals, your work should get you to fill in a desk assessment to ensure that you have all the equipment you need and that it is all working. If there’s anything missing at all, then you needn’t be afraid to tell them what’s missing. After all, if you don’t tell them, how do they know?
Ensure your desk and chair is set up properly
This is virtually a no-brainer for anyone who works in the office as office workers spend most of their time at their desk. Ensuring your chair is in good working order, your desk is properly arranged and you have any other ergonomic desk features that you need is vital to avoid back injuries.
Also, making sure that you can touch the ground may seem an elementary aspect of office work but it is vital to avoid a work injury.
Take regular breaks
Make sure you walk away from your desk and stretch your legs at regular intervals throughout the day. Even if you are only walking to the kitchen it will give your back a chance to stretch and help avoid back injuries.
If your back starts to hurts don’t ignore it
Many injuries in the workplace start with niggling and nagging pains. If you find that your back hurts when you have been sitting a while, don’t ignore this. Check your seat and desk is still set up comfortably. If this still doesn’t help don’t be afraid to ask for a back rest or extra chair support. If you ignore this work injury, it could turn into something permanent.
If you have sustained an injury at work through a poor work environment or for any other reason and you have documentation proving that you sought medical treatment, it wasn’t you fault and it occurred within 3 years, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim. Our expert team of lawyers has over 15 years’ of experience and can alleviate any stress that usually accompanies a claim for compensation. Injuries in the workplace are no laughing matter and if you’ve been injured, you deserve compensation.
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