There are many different ways a worker can injure themselves on the job. These include falls, impacts with falling or flying objects, being pinned between objects, and vehicle accidents. Sometimes, injuries can also occur through repetitive motions, such as lifting or pulling heavy objects. When this occurs, the worker suffers what is known as an overexertion injury. This is the most common type of injury cited on workers’ compensation claims.
Examples of Overexertion Injuries
When an individual attempts to lift or move an object beyond their physical capabilities, an overexertion injury can occur. These injuries can include strains, sprains, tears, and back and joint injuries.
Examples of actions that can cause overexertion injuries include:
- Lifting boxes that are too heavy;
- Carrying heavy items for a prolonged period of time;
- Sitting, standing, or otherwise remaining in an awkward position for a prolonged period of time;
- Pushing or pulling objects that are too heavy;
- Performing repetitive physical tasks; and
- Working under the stress of a high temperature, hunger, thirst, or poor ventilation.
Ways to Avoid an Overexertion Injury
The most useful way to avoid an overexertion injury is to know your physical capabilities and work within them. If a box is too heavy to carry by yourself, work with a partner to carry it or take objects out of the box until it is light enough to carry. Make multiple trips if you have to. Practice safe lifting techniques, like lifting with your legs, rather than your back.
It is important that you take regular breaks during the work day. During these breaks, take a moment to rest and drink some water. Hydrating yourself is an important key to staying healthy and lowering your risk of injury.
Stretch before you perform any type of physical labor. This warms up the muscles and makes it easier to use them effectively. It is also important to use your footing as a support and a guide when lifting and carrying heavy items. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and be sure your footing is secure. If you cannot be sure of this, do not lift the object. Bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting. Bending or twisting your back while carrying a heavy load can lead to injury.
Work with a Buffalo Grove Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured at work, you could be entitled to receive workers’ compensation to cover the expenses related to your injuries. Follow the correct procedure for notifying your supervisor and filing your claim in Illinois to ensure that your claim remains valid. To further support your claim, work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can advocate for you and help you seek the money you deserve. Contact The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. today to schedule your initial legal consultation with Mr. Edens, where you can discuss the specific details of your case and determine the best way to proceed.