Back injuries are incredibly prevalent at work. Just about any job that has a physical component puts workers at risk for back injuries, which can be painful and life changing. Here are some of the professions in which back injuries are the most common:
Nursing and medical jobs – Nursing is one of the highest risk professions for back injuries. Many medical personnel, including nurses, nursing assistants, lab staff, emergency medical responders and doctors, are on their feet all day and are often moving and lifting patients.
Construction – Another very physical job, construction involves a lot of lifting and carrying of heavy objects, as well as extended time on one’s feet. Often, these workers are involved in repetitive overhead work and are at risk for falling, both of which can be detrimental to the spine.
Warehouses – Accidents involving forklifts and slippery floors, tasks of lifting, carrying and loading products, and operating vehicles that have prolonged vibrations can lead to significant damage to the backs of warehouse workers.
Retail – Those that work in retail are at risk for spine damage because they often must stand for extended periods of time and lift heavy items.
Truck driving – Truck drivers must sit for almost an entire day, for most days in the week, but are also then expected to lift and load their trucks, which can lead to back injuries.
Land work, including farming, landscaping and gardening – The physical demand of working on the land can create strain on the back. Often, farmers, landscapers and gardeners spend hours bent over, lifting heavy objects and walking.
Depending on the specifics of the injury, you or your loved one who has been affected by back pain because of a job may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. In Pennsylvania, these can include coverage for health care expenses, partial or total disability, or permanent injury. Talk with a medical professional and your attorney to understand the entirety of your injury and how you may receive compensation for it.