Accidents in the workplace are a very sad fact of life, and many of them could have been avoided. Injuries to the back are the most common of all industrial accidents and the recovery period can last a lifetime. Most of this type of workplace injury takes place due to incorrect lifting techniques, and this happens all too often. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all of his/her employees learn how to lift objects in the correct manner. Manual handling courses are available and these can help to eradicate many incidents that cause back injuries.
Typical Back Injury Causes
You may be surprised to learn how easy it is to sustain a back injury in the workplace. One of the most obvious causes of back injury is by incorrect lifting techniques. Even a relatively light object can cause a big problem if not approached correctly. As mentioned earlier, by attending the appropriate manual handling courses, your lifting technique should create no problems further down the line. But did you know that incorrect posture whilst sitting down also causes hundreds of back injuries each year? This is very common when employees use a desktop computer as an integral part of their working schedule. If you look around your office now, you can probably see a few individuals that are hunched over their computers. This can cause serious problems in the lumbar regions of your back, and these are very difficult to overcome.
How to Avoid These Injuries
If you work in an environment that involves many hours of sitting down and using a computer, you should really have the correct posture and seating equipment in place. If you have any doubts about the current setup, please speak to your employer immediately. If your job entails any sort of lifting, please ensure that you have completed a manual handling course before carrying out this type of activity. In a more industrial type environment, the lifting will be far riskier, and the employer needs to ensure every staff member is up to date with the correct health and safety requirements.
If you feel that you have suffered a back injury die to your employer not following health and safety guidelines, please contact Accident Advice Helpline for a confidential chat. Our lines are open 24/7 and will not cost you a penny. Our company is proud to have Esther Rantzen as our sponsor and we have been helping individuals claim financial compensation successfully since 2000.
Date Published: October 4, 2013
Author: David Brown