It can happen suddenly, or over time, but regardless how it occurs, a back injury on the job has the power to rob you of your livelihood and completely change the way you approach your everyday life. The Philadelphia workplace injury attorneys at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo have some tips for proper lifting to minimize back injuries.
Plan Your Lift
Before you lift a heavy object, think of the size and weight, as well as how far you need to transport the object. It is important to lift the object close to your body by kneeling down and picking the object up, not bending over and picking it up with your arms and back muscles.
Use Your Legs
You may hear this a lot, but “using your legs” to lift heavy objects can go a long way to preventing back injuries on the job in Philadelphia. When you kneel down to lift the object, tighten your core muscles and hoist with your legs as you rise. Never, ever hinge at the waist to pick up the object.
Use Straps or Braces
Back supports and straps can keep the back in proper alignment and can help limit back injuries on the job. It can also help you maintain proper form, limiting where you would hinge forward from the hips and ensuring your legs carry the load.
If what you’re trying to lift seems too heavy or cumbersome at first try, don’t strain. Seek a partner to help you lift the item together. By sharing the load, you limit the risk for very serious back injuries on the job.
What should you do if you’re injured at work?
Many workplace back injuries in Philadelphia can be prevented with proper lifting techniques; however, accidents can still happen. If you, or a loved one, have sustained a back injury while on the job in Pennsylvania, call Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo today at 888-807-WORK (9675) for a free consultation. We’ll help you understand your rights and plan your next steps.