Workers in Minnesota can be exposed to many types of work-related risks, which is why workers’ compensation claims are so common. Back injuries are particularly prevalent in the workplace, and they can have a serious impact on workers.
How back injuries occur in the workplace
One of the most common ways workers can injure their backs on the job is by lifting heavy objects as this tends to strain muscles and put pressure on the spine. As a worker, you may also be susceptible to back injuries if you sit at a desk all day or stand for long periods of time without taking breaks.
Workers who drive for a living or operate machinery are also at risk of back injuries since constantly sitting in an unnatural position, which occurs when driving, can cause strain on your back over time. Operating machinery can also be a cause of back injuries in the workplace as it often requires workers to twist their bodies awkwardly or reach for things that are far away, causing strain on the back.
Another way that workers can end up with a back injury is if they fall and hit their head or back on something hard, like the ground or a piece of equipment. This type of accident can cause serious damage to the spine, disks and nerves in the back, and it often results in long-term pain for the workers involved.
How workers’ compensation can help
When you’re injured on the job, the first step is to report the accident to your employer who should then file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf. This starts the process of getting you any associated benefits, which can include medical expenses, payment for lost wages and disability payments. In some cases, workers’ compensation may also cover death benefits if a worker dies as a result of a work-related accident.
Although you may get compensated for a back injury you sustained at work, it’s still best to try to prevent these injuries from happening in the first place. One of the best ways to do this is to lift objects properly by using your legs instead of your back and take breaks often if you sit or stand for long periods of time. You should also be aware of your surroundings and be careful when operating machinery or driving.