Did you know more than one million on-the-job back injuries are reported each year? That’s disappointing odds considering the health of your back is largely something you can control. Don’t become a statistic! It’s up to you to keep your back feeling and functioning at its best.
Five Ways to Protect Your Back at Work
You can save yourself discomfort, medical bills, and diminished work performance by keeping your back in the best possible health. It’s easy when you follow a few key tips:
- Stretch –The muscles in your legs must make up some slack when you lift objects—so you’re not relying completely on your back, which can lead to injuries. Before you lift objects, do a few quick leg and back stretches. You can learn more with a quick Google search.
- Don’t Lift More Than You Can Handle – Be smart about lifting things. If an object seems way too heavy, use equipment or the help of another person to lift it. To assess the weight of an object, lean into it to help determine how much you’re facing.
- Use Your Legs – To lift properly and protect your back, crouch down bending your knees, grab the object, and push back up with your legs.
- Use Equipment – Assists like dollies, carts, forklifts, and hand trucks are all good options for lifting and moving items that are too heavy to lift and move by yourself.
- Ask For Help – If you need help getting an item onto a device, ask a second person for assistance. Don’t be a hero—injuring your back is painful and can greatly limit your mobility.
Good Posture is Important, Too
The way you carry yourself also impacts the health of your back. Stand straight and square your shoulders, with your weight evenly distributed between feet.
Work on Your Core
Sometimes, lower back pain can be caused by weak stomach muscles. So if this is what you’re experiencing, exercise that helps strengthen your core can help. Yoga, Pilates and crunches can be helpful—but always check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.
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Once you’ve brushed up on your back safety techniques, check out LaborMax! We’ll work with you to understand your career needs and find a labor or construction job that fits. To learn more, contact us today!