Working in a warehouse, you’ve found a place where you’re physically active and earn a decent paycheck. You don’t always love what you do, but you feel that the job is satisfying.
Recently, you’ve been having some pain after your shifts. Then, yesterday, you tried to lift an item and heard an unsettling crack. Since then, you haven’t been able to get comfortable and have been in pain.
After an injury, it’s important that you seek medical help as soon as you can. In this case, you might have strained, sprained or overexerted yourself. You may have a slipped disc or another issue that needs medical attention.
How can workers avoid back injuries while performing warehouse work?
There are a few things you can do personally to make your job safer. The first is to wear good footwear. You need footwear that supports you since you’ll stand most of the day. Cushioned and supportive footwear can help reduce the risk of some kinds of back pain.
Another tip is to take time to stretch. Stretch throughout the workday. This helps you move around enough to take the pressure off your spinal column, loosen your muscles and help with flexibility.
Finally, you need to know your limits. If you’re feeling tired or don’t think you can lift something safely, let someone know. Ask for help lifting a large load or use machinery designed to help. If you do feel pain, don’t ignore it; seek help as soon as you can.
If you’re hurt on the job, remember that workers’ compensation should cover your medical care and a portion of your lost wages. Don’t be scared to reach out for legal help after an injury.