As a worker, regardless of your industry, you never want to suffer an injury. While you do your best to avoid trouble, you know that something bad could happen at any point.
When many people think about workplace injuries, the first thing that comes to mind is something serious, such as falling off a roof or a building collapse.
But did you know that ergonomic hazards can be every bit as serious? When your job responsibilities put a strain on the same body part, day in and day out, it can result in both short-and long-term pain and discomfort.
Some of the most common types of ergonomic hazards include:
- Improper chair or workstation (such as a chair that is old or defective)
- Poor posture (often occurs in people who sit at a desk all day long)
- Frequent lifting of heavy objects
- Awkward movement, especially in the event that this happens regularly
- Vibration (often occurs when using power tools)
At first, an ergonomic injury may not seem like a big deal. For example, it may cause nothing more than muscle soreness for a few hours after your shift ends.
Over time, however, an ergonomic injury can become more of a problem. This can result in long term pain that keeps you away from your job.
If you believe that you are suffering from an ergonomic injury, take notes on what is happening and then learn more about your next steps.
Above all else, you need to seek medical attention. You should work closely with your doctor to ensure that you understand your injuries and the treatment you require.
If you are unable to return to your job, perhaps because your doctor is requesting you to take time off to recover, you'll want to learn more about receiving workers' compensation benefits.
By receiving workers' compensation, you'll find it easier to get by financially until you can return to work.
Final note: It can be difficult to prove an ergonomic injury, so don't be surprised if your initial workers' compensation claim is denied. If this happens, you'll want to learn more about how to file an appeal.