Preventing Overexertion at the Workplace
Overexertion happens when a worker does the same action over and over, works at too fast or too intense of a pace, or works in an awkward position for multiple hours on end. Overexertion can lead to serious on-the-job injuries. According to the National Safety Council, individuals can reduce the possibility of overexertion injuries by stretching and warming up prior to work and by keeping their back straight while working.
An important tip to keep in mind is that a worker’s toes should point the same way as his or her nose when on the job. Proper posture is the key to avoiding back injuries that could prove to be permanent and painful. Workers should avoid bending or twisting their back when lifting heavy cargo, and should try to lift with their legs, not their back. Also, workers should get help when carrying very heavy or bulky loads. They should try to keep pathways clear in order to avoid tripping and should make sure that footing is solid with feet one shoulder-with apart whenever lifting packages.
Those that work in warehouses are at a heightened risk to overexertion injuries because of the constant lifting of heavy boxes. If you are a warehouse worker or have to do heavy lifting as a part of your job description, then you need an attorney to come alongside you after an injury. You deserve worker’s compensation for any severe injuries that require medical treatment, recovery time, or even surgery. In some circumstances, injuries may be so severe that it may result in disability.
Hire a New York City personal injury attorney at Greenberg & Stein today if you want more information about overexertion injuries. Overexertion has been named the third most common reason for emergency room visits in the United States. Don’t hesitate to contact the firm today if you want to learn more!