Back injuries can be very painful and can prevent some people from being able to work or do a variety of day-to-day tasks. Needless to say, it is always better not to suffer a back injury in the first place.
Avoiding back injuries can be done in the workplace by ensuring you receive proper manual handling training if you are required to lift anything. Your employer should provide this as a matter of course; if not, bring it to their attention and request the proper training. Make sure you lift correctly around the home as well; accidents can happen anywhere at any time.
Considering the lift before you tackle it
This is an important element for avoiding back injuries. Rather than simply lifting something without first assessing the weight and size of it, and whether you could do it alone, you should test the weight to see whether you could lift it safely. If you think you could lift it with the aid of another person, get someone to help you. Otherwise, seek to use some equipment to help lift it more safely than you would otherwise.
Many people lift with their backs rather than their legs, too, which may also lead to injury in some cases. It strains the back muscles and makes it more likely that an injury will occur. Bend your knees and keep your back straight when you are about to lift, and make sure you straighten your legs without putting any strain on your lower back. This should greatly minimise the odds of anything going wrong.
Can all back injuries be avoided?
Despite the measures we all take on a daily basis, avoiding back injuries is not always as easy as this. For instance, if you are driving your car and you are involved in an accident when someone else runs a red light and hits your car, you could suffer a back injury as a result.
It is this type of situation that is worth looking into in more detail if something similar has happened to you. If you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can speak to a trained advisor about your injury and how it took place. Evidence of negligence on the part of another person means you have a chance to see whether a compensation payment is payable in your case.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead