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Injury: 5 Ways to Prevent Neck Injuries While on the Job

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In our previous post, we discussed methods of preventing back injuries while on the job. This week, we’ll give you some tips on preventing another common work place injury: neck pain.
 
1. Properly adjust your work station.
Long days spent working from a desk can put a lot of strain on the neck. To avoid neck issues, computer monitors should be kept at eye level. Also, when sitting, you should not be using your neck and shoulder muscles. Instead, these muscles need to be in a neutral, restful position. Your desk chair should provide proper back support, your elbows should be kept at a 90 degree angle, and your thighs should run parallel to the floor. Also, avoid holding the phone between your neck and shoulders. If you spend a lot of your day talking on the phone, it is preferable that you use a headset.
 
2. Utilizing proper lifting technique.
Lifting heavy objects is a major part of many labor jobs and neglecting to use proper lifting techniques can do serious damage to your neck. When moving and/or lifting a heavy object, be sure to stand close to it, bend at the knees and hips and keep the object close to your body. Try not to twist or move sideways.
 
3. Stretch
To prevent neck injuries, you need to avoid staying in one position for long periods of time. Be sure to take the time to stretch. Here is a great video with some useful neck stretching techniques.
 
4. Wear Safety Equipment
Hard hats not only prevent head injuries like concussions, but also have a built-in suspension system that absorbs shock and can prevent neck injuries from trips, slips and falling debris. Be sure to check with your supervisor to make sure you are wearing all of your necessary safety equipment.
 
5. Be Mindful of Your Sleeping Posture
It may not be as obvious as the others, but poor sleeping posture can put serious strain on your neck. To prevent sleeping-related neck pain (which can lead to even worse injuries while on the job), use a pillow that keeps the neck straight, avoid sleeping on your stomach, and don’t sleep with your neck twisted.
 
By following these 5 steps, you can easily and effectively prevent work-related neck injuries. However, if a work-related neck injury has barred you from working and your Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim has been denied, you should seek professional legal assistance as soon as possible. Do not miss out on the medical benefits you may be entitled to.
 
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5 Ways To Prevent Back Injuries On The Job

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Back problems are among the most common issues that can plague injured workers. Both minor and major back injuries can prevent an employee from performing his or her duties at work and can result in a long recovery process. Below are a few tips you can follow to make sure you don’t hurt your back while on the job. 
 
1. Exercise regularly.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can not only prevent you from becoming overweight but can also make you stronger and more flexible. Following a program that includes a good balance of cardio (walking, cycling, etc.) and strength training (weight lifting) will keep you fit and greatly reduce your chances of getting a back injury. 
 
2. Lift properly.
To prevent back injuries, it is important that you not only follow the proper lifting procedure, but also that you do not overexert yourself. If something feels like it may be too heavy, don’t hesitate to ask somebody for help. Here is a useful guide from the Mayo Clinic that demonstrates proper lifting techniques.  
 
3. Watch for hazards.
A crucial component to avoiding work injury is a hazard-free workspace. Keep your eyes peeled for anything that may cause someone to trip (clutter, wet floors, etc.) and be sure to follow all proper safety procedures when using tools like ladders, forklifts, and pallet jacks. This also includes coming into work attentive, well rested and fully aware of your company’s safety guidelines. 
 
4. Sit properly.
Back injures can occur not only to labor workers, but also to office personnel. If your work day consists of long hours spent at a computer or desk, check out this guide from OSHA about proper sitting positions for office workers. 
 
5. Stretch often.
Make sure you are taking the time to stretch. This will keep your muscles from tensing up and can greatly reduce the chances of getting a back injury.  
 
Remember, by following the proper safety procedures, most back injuries can be avoided. However, if you have been injured on the job, it is important that you contact a competent workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you are properly represented in your workers’ compensation case.  
 
 
 

 

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