Back injuries are common in any workspace. However, there are some industries that put workers at a higher risk of seriously hurting their back. If you work in any of these five industries, you might be more likely to injure your back on the job.
Although construction sites often use cranes and other machinery to transport heavy objects, workers put in quite a bit of physical labor. In fact, construction workers experience some of the highest rates in back injuries.
Tasks that put your back at risk might involve lifting heavy objects such as tools or construction materials. Your work might also require you to push or pull large objects like beams into place, which can lead to strained or torn muscles.
Warehouse workers spend most of their day moving merchandise. You may have to carry, lift and lower heavy loads off of shelves and onto trucks. Any sudden motion from lifting or lowering could cause damage to your nerves or spine that could keep you from your work. Even slipping on a wet floor can lead to serious back injury.
Daily responsibilities for agriculture workers usually include tasks like planting and harvesting crops or tending to livestock. These activities can weaken back strength over time, putting you at a higher risk of injuring yourself. In addition, studies show that driving farm equipment with high vibration levels can cause serious back damage.
Truck drivers and other commercial vehicle drivers spend long hours sitting behind the wheel. Staying seated for long periods of time can put harmful pressure on your spine, causing strains in your lower back. Even something as simple as poor posture while driving can cause back pain or make existing pain worse.
Working on a production line often means you spend long work days on your feet. Just like sitting, standing for too long can lead to lower back pain. You might also be assigned only one task as part of your daily routine. Performing the same task repeatedly can wear out your muscles and affect your ability to do your job.
Not only can back injuries make your job harder — sometimes they can keep you from doing your job altogether. To add to it, your injury might require medical treatment or therapy to help you recover. These can be expensive costs.
If you received a work-related back injury, you may be entitled to lost wages and additional medical coverage through workers’ compensation. An attorney can help you understand your rights and get the help you need.