When you work in an active environment such as on a construction site or in a factory, you have a slightly increased risk of injury compared to those who work in an office environment. It is important that you understand how to avoid getting injured and how to keep safe at work. In addition, it is a good idea to make sure that you understand you rights to workers' compensation after you have suffered an accident at work.
Back injuries are, unfortunately, some of the most common and persistent injuries that can be acquired at work. It is possible, however, to avoid getting a back injury if certain practices are observed.
Make sure that your employer trains you adequately
As an employee, you have the right to on-the-job training, especially when your job involves physical work. If you have not been trained appropriately for the job that you are undertaking, it is important that you raise this issue with your employer and that you issue a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) if necessary.
Don't rush, even under pressure
Many workers in active industries are presented with a very high amount of pressure to get a lot of work done. While it is good to be efficient with your time, it is important that health and safety remains your top priority. Never rush the job at hand, and if you do not have enough time to get your work done safely, you should address this with your employer, since they are acting negligently if they are putting their employees at risk through high pressure and unrealistic demands.
Lift heavy items using the correct technique
When lifting a heavy item, you should lift using the muscles in your legs rather than those in your back. You should also make sure that you maintain the natural curve in your back to avoid putting too much pressure on your back.
If you have injured your back while in the workplace, you are very likely entitled to workers' compensation for the medical bills and lost wages that you suffered. Make sure to stand up for your right to a safe working environment.