Overexertion is a common cause of workplace injuries in California. Many people work physically intense jobs where they are lifting heavy things all day long. Even people who have stationary office jobs could suffer an overexertion injury when they are required to move equipment. Avoiding an overexertion injury at work could help save you from lower back injuries and other medical problems.
Know your limitations
Everyone wants to think they have strong arms and strong backs, but the fact is that not every worker is capable of lifting 100 pounds safely. You may have had some prior injuries that you are still recovering from, or you may just be aware that you can’t lift a certain amount of weight. Either way, knowing your limits can help you to avoid workplace injuries.
Use proper lifting technique
Even people with a lot of strength can injure themselves if they don’t use proper lifting technique. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that workers should bend their knees, not their backs, while picking up heavy objects. Workers should carry the items at waist level.
Use lifting equipment or ask for help
Your workplace should have equipment available to make lifting and transporting heavy items easier. Using a hand truck or a cart could save your back, and it could also save you time by allowing you to move more things at once. If lifting equipment isn’t available, there is never any shame in asking a coworker for help.
Take time to recover from injuries
One of the worst things you can do after being injured is aggravate the injury by returning to physical labor too soon. If you have been injured on the job, it’s important that you fully recover before going back to work. Workers’ compensation benefits can ensure that your needs are met while you’re recovering. If you encounter problems claiming your benefits, an attorney may be able to help you understand your options.