If you perform a lot of physical tasks on the job but do not keep up with regular training, you may be at risk for incurring injuries and even repeat injuries to your muscles. A prime example of a common injury on the job that affects many workers is a lack of training on how to properly lift heavy objects.
Untrained workers using improper techniques for lifting, bending, pushing, and physically hauling objects are at high risk for muscle injuries including muscle tears, sprains, and strains. These injuries can be avoided if all employers properly train workers on a regular basis about the fundamentals of personal safety. One should not assume a worker knows how to lift a heavy box without being injured. It only takes literally one wrong move to inflict a serious injury.
In addition to the proper training for lifting techniques, the proper equipment should be issued to provide additional safety for the workers. Lifting belts for example can help ensure there are fewer injuries to the back during strenuous activity. Workers need to be trained on how to properly wear protective gear for their own safety. Equipment should be regularly inspected to ensure it is still in good, working condition. Misuse of protective gear or broken safety equipment can be just as responsible for injuring workers on the job.
Signage and reminders about proper lifting techniques and other activities should be made available throughout the workspace to serve as a constant reminder to all workers. Muscle injuries that do occur should be reported immediately and medical attention should be sought to determine the seriousness of the injury.
Those who have suffered muscular injuries on the job will likely need time to recuperate and allow the muscles to heal before returning to normal activities. This may involve time off from work for recovery or a lighter duty job to keep unnecessary weight off the injured muscle.
If you have suffered an injury to your muscles on the job, you may need the benefits of workers compensation in order to recover from your injuries and to cover the costs of medical treatment. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation. You can reach us toll free at 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form.