Common Causes of Back Injuries at Work
Back injuries can be one of the most debilitating forms of injury, especially if they go untreated and degenerate into a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, this dangerous form of injury is also one of the most common in the workplace. People of all sorts of employment and belonging to every type of career path, from the office worker to the retail clerk to the construction site mechanic, can suffer a back injury that takes them off their feet for weeks or more.
Three common sources of back injuries in the workplace are:
- Fall accidents: Trip hazards, slippery surfaces, and tasks that require a worker to climb to a higher point all increase the risk of a fall accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fall accidents are the most common type of accident in the American workplace and amount to roughly 40% of all worker injuries. Additionally, fall protection violations are consistently the most cited in OSHA safety inspections.
- Repeated or improper lifting: Employees that are expected to routinely lift or move products or equipment can suffer a debilitating back strain that makes even subtle motions excruciatingly painful. Even with proper lifting techniques and harnesses, too much lifting in a short amount of time will ultimately cause some degree of back pain.
- Poor ergonomics: Perhaps surprisingly to some, many office workers experience significant back injuries due to long hours spent sitting at a computer. If they are not provided with an ergonomic chair that promotes proper posture, all the time can add up to debilitating soreness.
No matter where a person calls their workplace, they deserve to be protected from undue harm and shielded from unnecessary back injury hazards. If you have serious back pain, or even a spinal cord injury, that you believe is directly related to your occupation or an on-the-job accident, you need to start considering how you are going to be compensated while you recover.
At Alvandi Law Group, P.C., our Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys can help you obtain the workers’ comp benefits you deserve after being injured due to or at your workplace. If your employer or their insurance company is refusing to acknowledge the validity of your claim, we are always ready to rise to the challenge and take the matter to court, if need be. Call (800) 980-6905 to schedule a free consult with a legal team that has more than a decade of workers’ comp law experience.