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Warehouse workers and back injuries

It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, or how old you are, nothing changes the fact that you could suffer a back injury that makes it difficult to go about your normal life.

Did you know that low back pain is the top cause of disability throughout the world? With this in mind, you need to do whatever you can to avoid this injury.

Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do to prevent a back injury. Even if you take the appropriate steps in remaining safe and healthy, something bad could happen at some point.

In many cases, individuals' employment, such as those who work in a warehouse, leads to a back injury. An example of this would be an employee who is staffed with the responsibility of lifting heavy items, day in and day out.

There are many causes of back pain, including but not limited to injury of joints, bones, muscles, and ligaments. While some injuries are easier to treat than others, each and every one can cause serious pain and discomfort, often leading to a situation in which the injured party is unable to work (or do anything else) for an extended period of time.

How to prevent a back injury

Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent a back injury, there are some steps warehouse workers can take to remain safe:

  • Avoid prolonged activity in which you put a lot of stress on your back.
  • Stretch your back before partaking in any physical activity, including lifting and pulling.
  • Maintain proper posture at all times.
  • Use proper lifting technique, as well as any safety equipment that is available to you.
  • Work with your medical team to receive the proper treatment for any back injury.

Even if you take these steps, you could still suffer from a work related back injury, such as a herniated disc, spinal cord trauma, or a back strain or sprain.

As a warehouse worker, you should keep close tabs on your health as to avoid a serious injury. If you suffer a back injury on the job, do the following:

  • Immediately notify your supervisor
  • Receive medical treatment
  • File a claim for workers' compensation benefits

Since a back injury can keep you out of work, you want to learn as much as you can about workers' compensation and how t he system in North Carolina can help you.

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